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Social Work Practice in Nontraditional Urban Settings$
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Melvin Delgado

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195112481

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112481.001.0001

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Urban Communities

Urban Communities

(p.13) 2 Urban Communities
Social Work Practice in Nontraditional Urban Settings

Melvin Delgado

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on how the profession of social work has historically failed to fill a vacuum in urban-based practice. It calls for a new paradigm that builds community capacity as a central goal. The definition of urban community, demographic profile of the four major groups of color in the United States (African Americans, Asians, Latinos, and Native Americans), and the challenges faced by the social work profession are discussed.

Keywords:   social work practice, urban practice, urban community, minority groups, African Americans, Asians, Latinos, Native Americans

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