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Interlocking genealogies of social work's benevolent violences: Key moments the 1790's and 1890's

Event Name Interlocking genealogies of social work's benevolent violences: Key moments the 1790's and 1890's
Start Date 28th Feb 2020 4:00pm
End Date 28th Feb 2020 5:30pm
Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes
Description

Using material from A Violent History of Benevolence: Interlocking Oppression in the Moral Economies of Social Working (with A.J. Withers, 2019, University of Toronto Press), Chris will describe parallel and interlocking developments in the rationales and practices of normalizing various denigrated others. They will highlight various innovations in 1790's penalty, colonial education, and what would soon be called psychiatry, as well as in a shift at this time from a conservative biologically-determinist white supremacy to a liberal culturally-determinist white supremacy. One century later, social work's implication in eugenics and the mass removal of Indigenous children from their home in Canada and the US -- as well as its disregard of anti-lynching and related anti-racist work at the time by Black social workers -- is discussed through an examination of one year's meeting of the (US-based) National Conference on Charities and Corrections. Thomas King writes that history isn't the past, it's just the stories we tell about the past; the highly partial stories we tell about social work's past and present actively steer us away from challenging ongoing injustices perpetrated by the profession.

Chris Chapman is an Associate Professor of Social Work at York University, Canada. They hold a PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies and are co-editor of Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada (Palgrave, 2014) and co-author of A Violent History of Benevolence: Interlocking Oppression in the Moral Economy of Social Working (University of Toronto Press, 2019). Their talk will draw upon material from the latter.

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