Dekolonialt socialt arbete

om relationen mellan gräsrotsrörelser och kritiskt socialt arbete i den urbana periferin


  • Paula Mulinari Institutionen för socialt arbete, Malmö universitet
  • Nazem Tahvilzadeh Institutionen för globala politiska studier, Malmö universitet
  • Lisa Kings Institutioner för samhällsvetenskaper, Södertörns högskola




The purpose of this article is to identify and analyze the conditions and strategies for creating a critical and decolonial social work in the urban periphery. IIn this article we explore Save the Children’s program ”On equal terms”, that during the past decade created a space for local mobilization in several areas in Sweden, with the purpose of resolving communal problems. The article identifies three elements as central for their critical social work: the empowerment of a new generation of social organizers grounded in the urban periphery; the forming of alliances for the purpose of developing new languages and strategies to address problems and solutions in alternative ways; and the construction of counter-publics through the appropriation of space for the establishment of citizen-driven meeting places. Through these strategies and conditions, a decolonial social work was formed. Inspired by theories of resistance and mobilization, we interpret the work of ”On equal terms” as an expression of the politics of public-making and border work that transcends the separation between activism and social work, giving space for new alternatives and horizons.




Referera så här

Mulinari, P., Tahvilzadeh, N. och Kings, L. (2021) ”Dekolonialt socialt arbete: om relationen mellan gräsrotsrörelser och kritiskt socialt arbete i den urbana periferin”, Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, 27(3-4). doi: 10.3384/SVT.2020.27.3-4.3664.