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Social Work and Sustainable Development: Local Voices from Mauritius
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0886-7402
2013 (English)In: Australian Social Work, ISSN 0312-407X, E-ISSN 1447-0748, Vol. 66, no 2, 261-276 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sustainable development is much more than an ecological and economic concern; it requires social workers to analyse and understand its impact on the broader social and cultural aspects of human life. Mauritius has been branded as ‘Maurice Ile Durable’ (Sustainable Mauritius) by its current government. Within this context, Mauritian social workers are often called upon to engage in sustainable development programs through community empowerment and development activities. This article uses the eco-critical social work theoretical approach to analyse a subset of qualitative data generated by a larger study conducted in 2008 and 2011, which included focus groups and semistructured interviews. Based on the findings of this research, the article focuses on discourses related to concepts such as control, power, and exploitation. It considers three areas as influential to eco-critical social work in Mauritius: antioppressive practice, promotion of social justice, and critical thinking by exploring related concepts such as control, power, and exploitation. The author concludes that within the context of sustainable development more attention should be paid to promoting social justice through tackling the marginalisation and oppression of certain sections of its population.

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Victoria, Australia: Routledge, 2013. Vol. 66, no 2, 261-276 p.
Keyword [en]
Antioppressive Practice, Mauritius, Discourse Analysis, Sustainable Development
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-14924DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2013.784793ISI: 000319319700009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84878667913OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-14924DiVA: diva2:637880
Available from: 2013-07-23 Created: 2013-07-23 Last updated: 2017-01-10Bibliographically approved

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