Discussion: Group Dynamics–Intragroup, Dominant Group, and Marginalization

 

Members of dominant ethnic and racial groups may assume that other groups’ struggles are not their own or assume that those of a given race speak with one voice and react in the same way to their oppression. In reality, people can cope with racial inequalities in a variety of ways, creating complex relationships both between the dominant and oppressed group and among members of the dominant and oppressed groups.

As a social worker, you must understand the many ways in which racial privilege can impact your clients. You must also understand the ways in which racial privilege has impacted your life and the ways you react to the realities of racism. You will likely need to help clients address racial divides and combat racial inequality to empower them.

To prepare: Review “Working With Immigrants and Refugees: The Case of Aaron.” By Day 3

Post an explanation of how dominant groups can play a role in marginalizing other groups based on racial and ethnic characteristics. Discuss the potential negative impact of a dominant culture on immigrants and refugees, such as Aaron. How might racism and prejudice impact his assimilation? Furthermore, explain how you would respond to Aaron when he discusses his family’s rejection of his desire to maintain his cultural roots. In your explanation, identify specific skills you would employ as a multiculturally sensitive social worker.

Use APA Guide from references

 

Adams, M., Blumenfeld, W. J., Castaneda, C., Catalano, D. C. J., DeJong, K., Hackman, H. W,… Zuniga, X. (Eds.). (2018). Readings for diversity and social justice (4th ed.). New York, NY: Routledge Press. Chapter 11, This land (pp. 82-87) Chapter 21, A letter to my son (pp. 132-138) Chapter 22, My class didn’t trump my race: Using oppression to face privilege (pp. 138- 146)   Chapter 23, Women, race, and racism: A dialogue in black and white (pp. 147-153) Chapter 25, The personal is political (pp. 157-161)    

 

Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. M. (Eds.). (2014). Social work case studies: Foundation year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader]. “Working With Immigrants and Refugees: The Case of Aaron”

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Johnston-Goodstar, K. (2013). Indigenous youth participatory action research: Re-visioning social justice for social work with indigenous youths. Social Work, 58(4), 314-320. 

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 https://www.brookings.edu/research/asian-american-success-and-the-pitfalls-of-generalization/ 

 https://class.content.laureate.net/dc3ef7e3e1f6b8a76d78ab514da5fb7b.pdf