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Towards decoloniality in a social work programme: a process of dialogue, reflexivity, action and change. (2021)
Journal Article
RASOOL, S. and HARMS-SMITH, L. 2021. Towards decoloniality in a social work programme: a process of dialogue, reflexivity, action and change. Critical African studies [online], 13(1): decolonizing African studies, part 2, pages 56-72. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/21681392.2021.1886136

Both students and scholars have identified the critical imperative to prioritize decolonization and pedagogical and curriculum transformation in South African higher education institutions. The ongoing context of coloniality, persistent race-based in... Read More about Towards decoloniality in a social work programme: a process of dialogue, reflexivity, action and change..

An exploratory study of the views of stakeholders about the role of regulation in social care service provision in Scotland. (2020)
Thesis
PRITCHARD, G.B. 2020. An exploratory study of the views of stakeholders about the role of regulation in social care service provision in Scotland. Robert Gordon University, DPP thesis. Hosted on OpenAIR [online]. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Performance management of social work and social care services, complemented by effective regulation, is viewed as key to improving delivery and providing public assurance about care quality, and the value of listening to stakeholders as contributors... Read More about An exploratory study of the views of stakeholders about the role of regulation in social care service provision in Scotland..

Deep transformation toward decoloniality in social work: themes for change in a social work higher education program. (2020)
Journal Article
HARMS SMITH, L. and RASOOL, S. 2020. Deep transformation toward decoloniality in social work: themes for change in a social work higher education program. Journal of progressive human services [online], 31(2), pages 144-164. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/10428232.2020.1762295

This article describes thematic outcomes of a process of engagement around deep transformation toward Decoloniality in a university social work education program. Given the gravity of working toward Decoloniality for social work education in South Af... Read More about Deep transformation toward decoloniality in social work: themes for change in a social work higher education program..

Frantz Fanon’s revolutionary contribution: an attitude of decoloniality as critical pedagogy for social work. (2020)
Book Chapter
HARMS SMITH, L. 2020. Frantz Fanon’s revolutionary contribution: an attitude of decoloniality as critical pedagogy for social work. In Morley, C., Ablett, P., Noble, C. and Cowden, S. (eds.) The Routledge handbook of critical pedagogies for social work. London: Routledge [online], pages 399-411. Available from: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351002042-33

There are many reasons why Frantz Fanon’s work is relevant today. Given ongoing Coloniality evident in global power asymmetries and neoliberal economic arrangements with grave levels of global (and within-state) inequality, Fanon’s characterisation o... Read More about Frantz Fanon’s revolutionary contribution: an attitude of decoloniality as critical pedagogy for social work..

Do non-governmental organizations bring change or maintain the status quo in times of crisis? A case study of the Marikana massacre in South Africa. (2019)
Journal Article
LANGA, M., REBELLO, S. and HARMS-SMITH, L. 2021. Do non-governmental organizations bring change or maintain the status quo in times of crisis? A case study of the Marikana massacre in South Africa. Community development journal [online], 56(2), pages 300-317. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsz023

This paper reflects on the Marikana massacre of August 2012, subsequent violent strikes and responses by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as a case study, and provides an analysis about whether these interventions bring transformative change or... Read More about Do non-governmental organizations bring change or maintain the status quo in times of crisis? A case study of the Marikana massacre in South Africa..

Social work and human rights: the international context. (2019)
Report
HARMS-SMITH, L., MARTINEZ-HERRERO, M.I., ARNELL, P., BOLGER, J., BUTLER-WARKE, A., DOWNIE, M., NICHOLLS, J. and MACDERMOTT, D. 2019. Social work and human rights: the international context. Birmingham: BASW [online]. Available from https://www.basw.co.uk/media/news/2019/dec/social-work-and-human-rights-guides-launched

This publication is a companion to ‘Social Work and Human Rights: A Practice Guide’. Both publications can be read separately or together. To maintain continuity between the two the numbering of ‘Social Work and Human Rights: The International Contex... Read More about Social work and human rights: the international context..

Social work and human rights: a practice guide. (2019)
Report
HARMS-SMITH, L., MARTINEZ-HERRERO, M.I.,ARNELL, P., BOLGER, J., BUTLER-WARKE, A., COOK, W., DOWNIE, M., FARMER, N., NICHOLLS, J. and MACDERMOTT, D. 2019. Social work and human rights: a practical guide. Birmingham: BASW [online]. Available from https://www.basw.co.uk/media/news/2019/dec/social-work-and-human-rights-guides-launched

The legislation and policy under which social workers practice is governed by human rights legislation. The Human Rights Act 1998 identified a number of protections including the right to liberty (Article 5) and the right to family life (Article 8).... Read More about Social work and human rights: a practice guide..

Epistemic decoloniality as a pedagogical movement: a turn to anticolonial theorists such as Fanon, Biko and Freire. (2019)
Book Chapter
HARMS SMITH, L. 2019. Epistemic decoloniality as a pedagogical movement: a turn to anticolonial theorists such as Fanon, Biko and Freire. In Kleibl, T., Lutz, R., Noyoo, N., Bunk, B., Dittmann, A. and Seepamore, B. (eds.) The Routledge handbook of postcolonial social work. Abingdon: Routledge [online], chapter 9, pages 113-126. Available from: https://www.routledge.com/9781138604070

The failure of decolonisation as a process to rid postcolonial contexts of the ongoing complexities and structural dynamics of coloniality has led to the emergence of a vibrant movement for epistemic decoloniality. In the South African context, the #... Read More about Epistemic decoloniality as a pedagogical movement: a turn to anticolonial theorists such as Fanon, Biko and Freire..

Politics, power and community development. (2018)
Journal Article
HARMS SMITH, L. 2018. Politics, power and community development. Critical and radical social work [online], 6(3), pages 429-433. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1332/204986018X15388225942229

This review looks at a book that is a collection of writings forming the first of a series on ‘Rethinking community development’. The series in intended to challenge readers of various disciplines to critically rethink what community development mean... Read More about Politics, power and community development..

#NotDomestication #NotIndigenisation: decoloniality in social work education. (2018)
Journal Article
HARMS SMITH, L. and NATHANE, M. 2018. #NotDomestication #NotIndigenisation: decoloniality in social work education. Southern African journal of social work and social development [online], 30(1), article number 2400. Available from: https://doi.org/10.25159/2415-5829/2400

This article argues that South African social work education, situated in Western modernism and broadly within the ideological project of colonialism and racist capitalism, should move from knowledge and discourses which are domesticating and oppress... Read More about #NotDomestication #NotIndigenisation: decoloniality in social work education..

#FeesMustFall #Decolonisededucation frontline. (2017)
Journal Article
NATHANE, M. and HARMS SMITH, L. 2017. #FeesMustFall #Decolonisededucation frontline. Critical and radical social work [online], 5(1), pages 115-118. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1332/204986017X14835300150779

This paper looks at the student protests and demands for free and deconloised education which began in 2015 in South African universities. These protests were also representative of deep anger about broader inequalities in South Africa, which is stil... Read More about #FeesMustFall #Decolonisededucation frontline..

The thorny issue of status disclosure to children living with HIV: the case of HIV positive children living in a child and youth care facility in Johannesburg, South Africa. (2016)
Journal Article
DUBE, N. and HARMS SMITH, L. 2016. The thorny issue of status disclosure to children living with HIV: the case of HIV positive children living in a child and youth care facility in Johannesburg, South Africa. Southern African journal of social work and social development [online], 28(1), pages 53-68. Available from: https://doi.org/10.25159/2415-5829/1350

There is a dilemma regarding HIV/AIDS disclosure to children born and living with HIV/AIDS in residential settings. Since the advent and accessibility of Anti-Retroviral Therapy, most children born HIV positive live longer and have healthier lives. S... Read More about The thorny issue of status disclosure to children living with HIV: the case of HIV positive children living in a child and youth care facility in Johannesburg, South Africa..

Practice learning: challenging neoliberalism in a turbulent world. (2016)
Book Chapter
HARMS SMITH, L. and FERGUSON, I. 2016. Practice learning: challenging neoliberalism in a turbulent world. In Taylor, I., Bogo, M., Lefevre, M. and Teater, B. (eds.) Routledge international handbook of social work education. Abingdon: Routledge [online], chapter 17, pages 197-208. Available from: http://www.routledge.com/9781138890237

The turmoil, struggle, deepening poverty and inequality in which the world finds itself requires a responsive social work practice, theory and education. However, the current era of neoliberalism, 'post-welfare capitalism' and external socio-politica... Read More about Practice learning: challenging neoliberalism in a turbulent world..

Blaming-the-poor: strengths and development discourses which obfuscate neo-liberal and individualist ideologies. (2015)
Journal Article
HARMS SMITH, L. 2017. Blaming-the-poor: strengths and development discourses which obfuscate neo-liberal and individualist ideologies. International social work [online], 60(2), pages 336-350. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872815594218

Critical interrogation of social work texts reveals ideologies contributing to hegemonic 'taken-for-granted' knowledge that maintains oppressive power relations. In the South African context of ongoing inequality after the 1994 democratic transition,... Read More about Blaming-the-poor: strengths and development discourses which obfuscate neo-liberal and individualist ideologies..

What should social work learn from 'the fire of social movements that burns at the heart of society'? (2015)
Journal Article
SMITH, L.H. 2015. What should social work learn from 'the fire of social movements that burns at the heart of society'? Critical and radical social work [online], 3(1), pages 19-34. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1332/204986015X14226342177835

That social work should be 'on the side of the poor and the oppressed' in the context of the ubiquitous and increasingly pernicious consequences of global neoliberal capitalism, demands a differently engaged practice (Dominelli, 2004; Ferguson and La... Read More about What should social work learn from 'the fire of social movements that burns at the heart of society'?.

Historiography of South African social work: challenging dominant discourses. (2014)
Journal Article
SMITH, L. 2014. Historiography of South African social work: challenging dominant discourses. Social work/Maatskaplike werk [online], 50(3), pages 305-331. Available from: https://doi.org/10.15270/50-3-402

The task of examining the origins and development of social work is fraught with competing narratives. In South Africa individualist, liberal, colonial, masculine and 'white' discourses prevail. The dialectical-historical perspective, rather than chr... Read More about Historiography of South African social work: challenging dominant discourses..