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State-Sanctioned Violence: Advancing a Social Work Social Justice Agenda

Melvin Delgado


The role and function of the state is not to harm its residents but rather to help them develop their potential and meet their basic human needs. The importance of violence is well attested to by Oxford University Press devoting a book series on interpersonal violence. However, state-sanctioned violence in the United States is not, for example. The saying “The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable” comes to mind in writing this book because it holds personal meaning that goes beyond being a social worker and a person of color (Latinx). The basic premise and interconnect ... More

Keywords: state, violence, communities of color, social justice, youth, urban

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190058463
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190058463.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melvin Delgado, author
Professor, Boston University School of Social Work