Contested Concepts: Environmental Justice for Social Work
Section 16: Social Work and the Environment
Jeffery argues that the ideas we hold about nature are not intrinsically natural. Rather, they are informed and constructed by culture, politics and history. As a result, social work interventions designed to address environmental issues need to include an analysis of the concepts that are at the root of our understanding of nature and environment. Jeffery outlines and discusses some of these contested concepts and reveals their connection to issues and histories such as colonialism and racism which implicate social work.
Donna Jeffery is on faculty at the School of Social Work, University of Victoria. Her research focuses on race, power, knowledge and subjectivity. She teaches a course on environmental justice in social work.