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Caring Justice: The Global Rise of Feminist Practice Theory


Embracing a feminist perspective is essential for social workers to understand and address the complex issues faced by women and girls worldwide. In a new book chapter titled “Unveiling the Power of Feminist Practice Theory in Social Work,” Fordham GSS professors Tina Maschi, Ph.D., and Sandra Turner, Ph.D., delve into the evolution, core values, and transformative potential of feminist practice theory. The chapter appears in Social Work Theory and Ethics: Ideas in Practice, edited by Dorothee Hölscher, Richard Hugman, and Donna McAuliffe and published by Springer.

Drawing from historical and contemporary sources, the chapter comprehensively explores feminist perspectives and practices.

Mapping the Global Evolution

Maschi and Turner trace the roots of this feminist practice theory to women’s “herstory,” recognizing the contributions and struggles of women across the globe. By examining diverse feminist perspectives, the authors highlight the evolution of thought and practice within a global framework. By interrogating concepts such as patriarchal “imprisonment,” power dynamics, domination, victimization, gender, race, violence, and other forms of inequality, the article sheds light on the multifaceted nature of feminist thought. 

The article also introduces a caring justice framework that provides social workers with solution-focused practice strategies. Recognizing the need for tailored interventions, the framework provides a comprehensive toolkit for empowering women and girls across all age groups. By applying this framework, practitioners can promote positive change and support individuals in overcoming challenges.

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