The roundtable begins by describing an emancipatory social science, based on Critical Race Theory (Delgado & Stefancic, 2017), Anti-oppressive (Parada & Webhi, 2017) and Decolonizing methods (Smith, 2012), Social Constructionism (Witkin, 2017), and Bhaskar's Critical Realism (1980). Key topics include: 1. The value-laden-ness of all scientific theories, methods and facts; 2. The ontological necessity of inclusiveness for scientific truth; 3. The potential of scientific research for unveiling economic, legal, and social structures of oppression and their impacts on persons and knowledge; 4. Defining research participant roles to replace the subjugation of those holding marginalized identities with leadership and human capital development.
Then, the roundtable will focus on resistance, enabling participants to unveil resistance as an example of an emancipatory process at work. Participants will engage in a conversation about: What does social workers' resistance look like in actual practice? Roundtable leaders will present personal acts of resistance in several areas: --Human rights and liberation of children and youth, --LGBTQ activism for civil rights and liberation, --Anti-racism activism, --Promoting body sovereignty of women and girls in a context of "rape culture" and misogyny, --Resistance against unduly restrictive and oppressive approaches to social work practice and research, --Anti-ageism for older adults' well-being and healthy society, --Resistance against discrimination by social work faculty, and --Therapeutic resistance in clinical social work.
Next, after breaking into small groups, each group leader will ask participants to share (verbally or via anonymous writing, as members choose) an example of their resistance that fulfilled ethical obligations to persons, but constituted resistance against an unjust structure. The examples will be categorized, read, and discussed in the small groups and then the large group. Finally, the entire group will identify key shared themes to encourage best practices in strategies of resistance and to promote a social work knowledge base that is emancipatory in its aims and practices. A bibliography of related readings will be provided.