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Raising a critical consciousness in the struggle against poverty : breaking a culture of silence

Katrien Boone (UGent) , Griet Roets (UGent) and Rudi Roose (UGent)
(2019) CRITICAL SOCIAL POLICY. 39(3). p.434-454
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Since people in poverty often lower their aspirations in line with their position in society, an important role of social workers is to encourage people in poverty to reflect on the connection of their situation to the socio-political context and to address their internalised oppression. While drawing on the ideas of Paulo Freire, our study in Associations where People in Poverty Raise their Voice (Flanders, Belgium) reveals how practitioners engage in enabling a critical consciousness of people in poverty. They do so by reframing poverty as a collective concern and connecting experiences of people to a structural social analysis. Although practitioners use power intentionally in these processes, they also, however, can mask their own power position. Therefore, practitioners should learn to acknowledge and discuss the power asymmetry in their practices so that critical consciousness can flourish, on the side both of the oppressors and of the oppressed.
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critical practice, Nancy Fraser, participation, Paulo Freire, power, SERVICE-USER PARTICIPATION, SOCIAL-WORK, POWER DYNAMICS, POLICY, EMPOWERMENT

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Boone, Katrien, Griet Roets, and Rudi Roose. “Raising a Critical Consciousness in the Struggle Against Poverty : Breaking a Culture of Silence.” CRITICAL SOCIAL POLICY 39.3 (2019): 434–454. Print.
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Boone, Katrien, Roets, G., & Roose, R. (2019). Raising a critical consciousness in the struggle against poverty : breaking a culture of silence. CRITICAL SOCIAL POLICY, 39(3), 434–454.
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Boone, Katrien, Griet Roets, and Rudi Roose. 2019. “Raising a Critical Consciousness in the Struggle Against Poverty : Breaking a Culture of Silence.” Critical Social Policy 39 (3): 434–454.
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Boone, Katrien, Griet Roets, and Rudi Roose. 2019. “Raising a Critical Consciousness in the Struggle Against Poverty : Breaking a Culture of Silence.” Critical Social Policy 39 (3): 434–454.
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Boone K, Roets G, Roose R. Raising a critical consciousness in the struggle against poverty : breaking a culture of silence. CRITICAL SOCIAL POLICY. 2019;39(3):434–54.
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K. Boone, G. Roets, and R. Roose, “Raising a critical consciousness in the struggle against poverty : breaking a culture of silence,” CRITICAL SOCIAL POLICY, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 434–454, 2019.
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  abstract     = {Since people in poverty often lower their aspirations in line with their position in society, an important role of social workers is to encourage people in poverty to reflect on the connection of their situation to the socio-political context and to address their internalised oppression. While drawing on the ideas of Paulo Freire, our study in Associations where People in Poverty Raise their Voice (Flanders, Belgium) reveals how practitioners engage in enabling a critical consciousness of people in poverty. They do so by reframing poverty as a collective concern and connecting experiences of people to a structural social analysis. Although practitioners use power intentionally in these processes, they also, however, can mask their own power position. Therefore, practitioners should learn to acknowledge and discuss the power asymmetry in their practices so that critical consciousness can flourish, on the side both of the oppressors and of the oppressed.},
  author       = {Boone, Katrien and Roets, Griet and Roose, Rudi},
  issn         = {0261-0183},
  journal      = {CRITICAL SOCIAL POLICY},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {434--454},
  title        = {Raising a critical consciousness in the struggle against poverty : breaking a culture of silence},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0261018318820233},
  volume       = {39},
  year         = {2019},
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