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Deconstructing politically correct practice literature: the American Indian case.

Author: Gross, E.R.
Author Background:
Date 3/1/95
Type Journal
Journal Title: Social-Work.
Volume/Pages 40(2) p. 206-13
Subject Matter Native Americans
Abstract The social work practice literature on American Indian populations overgeneralizes about who American Indians are. The deconstructivist argument presented in this article points out that those who write aboutAmerican Indian matters have had a vested, politically correct interest in presenting a monolithic view of American Indian cultural views. Although good reasons exist for defending a political approach to writing the practiceliterature, the need now is for a fairer representation of the diversity that characterizes the American Indian communities. In this way, helping strategies can be tied to accurate representations of American Indian realities. (Journal abstract.)