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Cultural, Gender, and Socioeconomic Contexts in Therapeutic and Social Policy Work

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  • The author wishes to acknowledge the Family and Parenting Institute in the United Kingdom, who invited him to present a keynote address at their “Parent Child Conference 2006” in the New Connaught Rooms, London, UK, on November 14, 2006. That address, though changed considerably in the intervening period, provided the basis for this article.
    The author also wishes to acknowledge Elizabeth Rowe and Kasia Waldegrave in New Zealand and Carol Halliwell in the United Kingdom for critiquing drafts of this paper and for contributing helpful suggestions to improve it. Further helpful suggestions were made by the editor and referees of this journal, for which the author is grateful. Finally, he wishes to acknowledge the ongoing support, knowledge, and broad experience of his colleagues at the Family Centre, who have helped shape the views and challenges outlined in this article over thirty years. All the aforementioned persons are not responsible for the views outlined, which are those of the author.

concerning this article should be addressed to Charles Waldegrave, Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. E-mail: Waldegrave.c@fc.org.nz

Abstract

The contention of this paper is that the context of social and therapeutic problems is critical to their resolution, and that many of them stem from historical and structural injustice. It focuses on the contextual issues of cultural, gender, and socioeconomic equity as providing important insights into authentic notions of social inclusion and well-being, and encourages therapists, service providers, researchers, and policy makers to take responsibility to ensure that these injustices are addressed, and become part of the public discourse about the sources and solutions of endemic social problems. Critique and deconstruction of institutional power in our public, private, and voluntary services is encouraged in a manner that honors diversity and enables sensitive therapy, other forms of service delivery and policy making that genuinely reflect the range of cultural, gender, and socioeconomic experiences of citizens.

RESUMEN

La controversia de este artículo radica en que el contexto de los problemas sociales y terapéuticos es de máxima importancia para su resolución, y que muchos de ellos surgen de la injusticia histórica y estructural. Se centra en los problemas contextuales de equidad cultural, socio-económica y de género como fuente de importantes análisis reveladores de nociones auténticas de inclusión social y bienestar, y anima a los terapeutas, los trabajadores sociales y los diseñadores de políticas a asegurarse de que estas injusticias sean atendidas, y que se conviertan en parte del discurso público sobre las fuentes y soluciones de los problemas sociales endémicos. Se aconseja la crítica y la deconstrucción del poder institucional en nuestros servicios públicos, privados y voluntarios, de un modo que dignifique la diversidad y posibilite la terapia sensible, otras formas de aportar servicios y un diseño de política que reflejen de forma genuina la variedad de las experiencias culturales, socio-económicas y de género de los ciudadanos.
Palabras clave: contextos, cultura, género, socio-económico, política social, terapia

Abstract

The contention of this paper is that the context of social and therapeutic problems is critical to their resolution, and that many of them stem from historical and structural injustice. It focuses on the contextual issues of cultural, gender and socio-economic equity as providing important insights into authentic notions of social inclusion and wellbeing. and encourages therapists, service providers, researchers and policy makers to take responsibility to ensure these injustices are addressed, and become part of the public discourse about the sources and solutions of endemic social problems. Critique and deconstruction of institutional power in our public, private and voluntary services is encouraged in a manner that honours diversity and enables sensitive therapy, other forms of service delivery and policy making that genuinely reflect the range of cultural, gender and socio-economic experiences of citizens.
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