Charlotte Williams is a lecturer at the Centre for Applied Community Studies, University of Wales, Bangor. She has published several articles on anti-racism and anti-discriminatory practice and is co-editor of Social Work and Minorities in Europe (Routledge).
Correspondence to Charlotte Williams, Centre for Applied Community Studies, University of Wales, Bangor, Bangor LL57 2UW, UK.
In this paper the author offers a review of some of the major critiques of anti-racist theory and practice within social work and critically examines the trend towards anti-oppressive theory and practice as the ‘way forward’. She argues that the uncritical acceptance of the move away from specifically anti-racist perspectives towards the broader approach of anti-oppressive practice may lead towards the retrenchment of all such critical perspectives within social work rather than their regeneration. The author concludes that such a rigorous review will more fully ground the moves towards anti-oppressive practice as a paradigm for social work.