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Ethnicity and Social Work Practice$
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Carole B. Cox and Paul H. Ephross

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195099317

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099317.001.0001

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Ethnicity and Social Welfare Policy

Ethnicity and Social Welfare Policy

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Ethnicity and Social Work Practice

Carole B. Cox

Paul H. Ephross

Oxford University Press

Social policy determines to a large extent the ways in which practice is conducted. Policy reflects society's values while ethnicity can impact the ways in which these values are perceived by ethnic groups. The Civil Rights Act and affirmative action, while not without their critics, are policies that have attempted to assure equality for diverse groups and have set the framework for further inclusion. Ethnic elderly, immigrants, and many of those on welfare are among those groups strongly impacted by social policies. Social workers can act as advocates influencing policy to assure that it is responsive to diverse values and needs, and that myths do not cloud the ethnic lens of policy makers. Empowering those who are disenfranchised so can be vital for removing policy inequities as they make their needs known to those responsible for policy decisions.

Keywords:   advocacy, empowerment, equality, values, Civil Rights Act, elderly, immigrants

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