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

Abstract

 

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.

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Publicerad
2021-04-22
Referera så här
Mulinari, P., Tahvilzadeh, N. och Kings, L. (2021) ”Dekolonialt socialt arbete”, Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, 27(3-4). doi: 10.3384/SVT.2020.27.3-4.3664.