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Reconstructing feminist group work.

Author: Pollio, David E.
Author Background:
Date 2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Social-Work-with-Groups.
Volume/Pages Vol 23(2): 3-18
Subject Matter Experimentation; Feminism; Group Psychotherapy; Social Casework, Women
Abstract The 1st purpose of this article is to critically examine and begin to reframe feminist practice in social work. Because feminist values remain at the core of group work, the 2nd part of this paper presents 3 reconstructed principles for feminist group practice: (1) understanding the social context of individual action as including personal, political, and historical components, (2) incorporating strengths and experiences of oppressed populations other than middle class women into feminist practice, and (3) identifying politically correct language as a mechanism of oppression. As a means to extending knowledge relevant to this discussion, this article presents a reconceptualization and redefinition of feminist research.' Using examples from the author's own practice, teaching, and research, this article challenges group workers who view themselves as feminists to question their basic assumptions and contribute to a dialogue on feminist practice. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)