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Implications for Indigenization of Social Work Knowledge | MSW 001 | Origin And Development of Social Work

Implications for Indigenization of Social Work Knowledge

Implications for indigenization of social work knowledge, The indigenization discourse is based on the dichotomization of Western culture and indigenous culture. Their perception of Western and indigenous cultures has at least the following two problems.

Implications for indigenization of social work knowledge, First, the proponents of indigenization (e.g. Gray and Coates, 2010; Midgley, 1981) are mainly concerned about the mainstream culture in both Western and indigenous societies.

For example, when Midgley (1981) questioned individualism, humanitarianism, liberalism, the work ethic and capitalism unrestricted by government intervention as valued by the Western founders of social work, he tended to overlook other non-mainstream cultures such as collectivism, social democracy and Marxism (Eckstein, 2001; George and Wilding, 1994) in Western societies.

Implications for indigenization of social work knowledge, In indigenous societies such as mainland China, the proponents of indigenization (Tsang et al., 2001; Wang, 2001) were mainly concerned about mainstream culture such as collectivism and Confucianism.

Implications for indigenization of social work knowledge, They tended to neglect the values of individualism, humanitarianism, liberalism and capitalism unrestricted by government intervention.

Implications for indigenization of social work knowledge, Some of these values and beliefs, such as individualism, were highly valued by many modern thinkers and academia in China, such as Hu Shih and Lu Xun (Angle and Svensson, 2001; Bishop, 1985; Lee, 1985), while some academia in China (e.g. Liu, 1998; Qin and Su, 1996) valued liberalism and capitalism unrestricted by government intervention.

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