Use of Context/Use of Self: Privilege and Marganizilation as Catalysts for Growth in Social Work Education and Practice

  • Brent E. Cagle Winthrop University


The following narrative describes the author's thoughts and experiences relating to the belief that through understanding and using experiences of privilege and oppression, we make better use of "self" in social work education and practice. The author's belief is that privilege and oppression operate as interwoven factors and are closely linked in our constructions of personal and professional identities. Balancing openness and challenge, thinking on our feet and being opportunistic practitioners and teachers, and bearing witness while battling privilege with privilege are some of the strategies he applies.

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