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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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On needs and knowledge: Sarit’s story

On needs and knowledge: Sarit’s story

(p.105) 7 On needs and knowledge: Sarit’s story
Radical Hope

Michal Krumer-Nevo

Policy Press

Following the introduction of the concept of recognition in the previous chapter, this chapter focuses on the recognition of service users’ needs and knowledge. The chapter presents the difference between “voice” and knowledge and urges social workers to listen to service users and relate to them as having valuable knowledge regarding their lives and society. In addition, the chapter argues that Maslow’s popular hierarchy of needs reduces the humanity of people in poverty, whose basic needs are often not fulfilled. The chapter exemplifies the recognition of service users’ needs and knowledge through a close reading of the life story of Sarit, a 23-year-old single mother of three.

Keywords:   needs, Maslow, knowledge, voice, difficult questions

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