Anti-Oppressive Social Work Research: Reflections on Power in the Creation of Knowledge

Rogers, Justin (2012). Anti-Oppressive Social Work Research: Reflections on Power in the Creation of Knowledge. Social Work Education, 31(7) pp. 866–879.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2011.602965

Abstract

This paper is based on the development of a framework that conceptualises forms of power in social work research. Its aim is to encourage readers to critically reflect on potentially oppressive manifestations of power in social work research. The article draws on Lukes' model of power and Gould's subsequent framework which contributed to anti-racist teaching in social work education. Gould's framework is reinterpreted and applied to a differing context: social work research. The field of social work research is explored through this framework, highlighting potentially oppressive manifestations of power and suggesting anti-oppressive strategies. The model is then applied to social work education and specifically the teaching of research methods. The paper concludes by suggesting curriculum guidelines that promote the teaching of anti-oppressive social work research methods.

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