Anti-Oppressive research in social work: A preliminary definition

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In comparison with other helping professions, social work claims to embrace a very distinctive mission: to oppose the roots and effects of social oppression. This article examines social work research from an anti-oppressive social work perspective. It argues that in order to match the liberating mission of the profession, social work research should defy the dominant traditions of social science research. The paper first outlines a definition of anti-oppressive research in social work and then suggests a relevant set of criteria for assessing it. A case study is described and analysed according to these criteria, followed by a discussion of some ethical and methodological issues involved in the development of a more inclusive inquiry in social work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)857-871
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2007

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
1. The study was conducted by the author and Rivka Bar Yosef from The Hebrew University, Jerusalem and supported by a grant from the PIN (Palestinian–Israel– Netherlands) Research Project.


  • Action research
  • Anti-oppressive social work
  • Emancipatory research
  • Participatory research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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