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Radical HopePoverty-Aware Practice for Social Work$
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Michal Krumer-Nevo

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447354895

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447354895.001.0001

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How to speak critically about poverty

How to speak critically about poverty

(p.45) 2 How to speak critically about poverty
Radical Hope

Michal Krumer-Nevo

Policy Press

This is the first of the four chapters that comprise Part One of the book, which is dedicated to the issue of transformation. This chapter focuses on the transformation of the professional spoken vocabulary regarding poverty. Through a close look at the words that social workers use to describe service users in poverty, links are made between language (rhetoric), attitudes, and practice. The chapter presents an overview of six basic principles of the paradigm and translates them to guidelines regarding the way in which social workers should speak about and with service users. It urges social workers to be aware of the language they use and to change it.

Keywords:   language, people in poverty, manipulative conduct, real opportunities, commitment

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