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Human Services and the Afrocentric Paradigm - Jerome H. Schiele

Human Services and the Afrocentric Paradigm

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Discover how human services professionals can help to eliminate cultural oppression Human Services and the Afrocentric Paradigm presents a new way of understanding human behavior, attacking social problems, and exploring social issues. This excellent guide shows that understanding the simultaneous forces of oppression and spiritual alienation in American society serves as a foundation for understanding the societal problems here. The first book to offer a comprehensive exposition of how the Afrocentric paradigm can be used by human service professionals and community advocates, Human Services and the Afrocentric Paradigm discusses why and how human service work is hampered by Eurocentric cultural values and will help you to offer fair and effective services to your clients. Human Services and the Afrocentric Paradigm provides you with a concrete discription of how the Afrocentric model can be applied in human services to help people of all races and ethnicities. You will expand and diversify your knowledge base in human services by understanding the cultural values, traditions, and experiences of people of African ancestry.Some of the issues and concepts in the Afrocentric paradigm that you will explore are: defining the Afrocentric worldview, complete with a discussion of its philosophical assumptions and its shortcomings understanding traditional helping assumptions and methods of West African societies and how these have influenced the helping strategies of African-Americans exploring the strengths and weaknesses of some early African-American human service scholars, with special concern placed on their rejection of traditional African methods in favor of Eurocentric ideas resolving youth violence and helping people with substance abuse problems examining Afrocentric assumptions about resource distribution, morality, and societal relationships identifying organizational and conceptual differences in Eurocentric and Afrocentric paradigms creating organizational empowerment and an enhanced work environment via the Afrocentric paradigmHuman Services and the Afrocentric Paradigm will help you understand, solve, and prevent problems that are confronted by several races, especially individuals of African descent. This timely and relevant worldview is thoroughly explained to assist you in better serving people of color. The Afrocentric paradigm will help human services practitioners, administrators, policy advocates, analysts, educators, and black studies professors and students achieve educational and treatment objectives by showing you the importance of various cultural values and how to integrate them to make a difference

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Worldviews and Cultural Oppressionp. 1
Cultural Oppression and Social Sciencep. 2
Toward an Afrocentric Human Service Paradigmp. 5
Overview of the Bookp. 14
The Afrocentric Worldviewp. 17
Historic Overviewp. 17
Criticisms of Afrocentric Worldviewp. 20
Characteristics of This Worldviewp. 25
Afrocentricity, Equality, and Human Liberationp. 29
The Evolution of Black Social Work and Its Pitfallsp. 37
Social Welfare in Traditional Africap. 37
Black Social Welfare in Americap. 43
Oppression and Spiritual Alienationp. 57
The Relationship Between Oppression and Spiritual Alienationp. 57
Spiritual Alienation As Philosophical Foundation of Oppressionp. 58
Spiritual Alienation As Outcome of Oppressionp. 62
Youth Violence and the Afrocentric Paradigmp. 73
Overview of Youth Violencep. 73
Political Economic Oppression and Youth Violencep. 75
Spiritual Alienation and Youth Violencep. 81
Cultural Misorientation and Youth Violencep. 87
Substance Abuse and the Afrocentric Paradigmp. 97
Political Economic Oppression and Substance Abusep. 98
Spiritual Alienation and Substance Abusep. 113
Cultural Misorientation and Substance Abusep. 123
Afrocentric Drug Treatment Programsp. 130
The Afrocentric Paradigm and Social Welfare Philosophy, Ideology, and Policyp. 137
An Afrocentric Critique of American Social Welfare Philosophyp. 137
Foundations of an Afrocentric Political Ideologyp. 143
Afrocentric Social Welfare Policy Recommendationsp. 148
The Afrocentric Framework of Social Welfare Policy Analysisp. 171
Overview of the Afrocentric Policy Analytic Frameworkp. 171
Features of the Afrocentric Framework of Policy Analysisp. 173
The Afrocentric Paradigm and Human Service Organizationsp. 199
Distinctions Between Afrocentric and Eurocentric Organizational Theoriesp. 199
The Afrocentric Paradigm and Positive Potentiality in Organizationsp. 202
Empowerment Through Organizational Autonomyp. 209
Additional Considerationsp. 212
Social Work Research and the Afrocentric Paradigmp. 215
Rationale for Afrocentric Social Work Researchp. 215
Definition of Afrocentric Social Work Researchp. 216
Attributes of Afrocentric Social Work Researchp. 217
Conclusion: Threats to the Survival and Continuation of the Afrocentric Paradigmp. 235
The Trend Toward Privatizationp. 235
The Dominance of Postpositivist Epistemology in Academiap. 238
Continued Uneasiness with Spiritualityp. 240
The Ascendancy of Postmodernismp. 240
Continued Cultural Misorientationp. 242
The African Oral Traditionp. 243
The Afrocentric Paradigm's Association with Black Peoplep. 245
Final Thoughtsp. 245
Referencesp. 247
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780789005656
ISBN-10: 0789005654
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 346
Published: 4th May 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Number: 1