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Just Another Unique Social Location. Becoming familiar my individuality will assist me greatly as a social worker. I definitely would cease to be the same individual if it wasn't for my unique social location.

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Just Another Unique Social Location Natalie Kennard Social Work 2060 Instructor: Jennifer Murphy Just Another Unique Social Location It's amazing how every human being is unique and thus will never be an exact replicate of any other individual under the sun. Despite the obvious similarities we also tend to share, no two people will ever experience the same events, share the same memories, or perceive the same universe in an identical way. One's identity, as well as the outcome of anyone's life adventure can be largely determined by their social location - where they find themselves within society pertaining to such aspects of themselves as their race, class, gender, and religion. My own social location assists in dictating how I react towards others, as well as how others will react towards me. Anne Bishop's " Becoming an Ally" (2002) explains that the various aspects of ones social location can either empower a person in comparison to others within their world, or leave them powerless . Things are seldom ever black or white, and thus there are several features to do with my social location that place me on ends of the spectrum. Becoming familiar my individuality will assist me greatly as a social worker. I definitely would cease to be the same individual if it wasn't for my unique social location. A Canadian middle class citizen brought up in a Canadian middle class neighborhood; a Caucasian female; a Christian - I possess a historic background as well as many qualities such as these, which added together form how I tend to react towards my fellow man. ...read more.

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One type of power that includes one group dominating another can be defined as expressing "power-over" (Bishop, 2002, p.42). As a white, I have power in my relationships with others, due to the influence of the colonial views of long ago. As a female, I don't experience this power to the same extent. I can do many activities where I live that my male counterpart can also do, but in several countries many females cannot, and we continue to be scene as the weaker individuals. As the wealthier increase their wealth, so do the poor increase in their poverty. It is true in North America that I may also be more privileged as a religious individual in that my values and beliefs are accepted as normal in occurrence, and yet from time to time I do not feel that I am treated as such. I realize that I have become desensitized to these facts while growing up in the Canadian, supposedly multicultural environment. Sometimes I really cannot decide when I am being the oppressed or the oppressor, as I have learned to treat most individuals with equality. Although I have inhabited no other country but one that claims to treat all human beings with this equality, and although I was raised with surroundings that echo this, I am still equally surrounded by and included with individuals who appear to have been given unfair advantages over others. ...read more.

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How can one work affectively with other's if they don't first recognize what my own strengths and weaknesses are (Bishop, 2002, p.42) As I work, these truths will consequentially enable me to think more objectively and to be more effective while assisting them in finding solutions to their own situations. It's important to know and have power within myself if I am to better empower others, as social work calls for. No portrait of any human being is painted alike, and I am no exception, and it is beneficial for me to gain knowledge as to why and how this came into being, as well as how I look next to everyone else's canvas. Learning about my social location has resulted in a conclusion to such ponderings as these. Finding my status, I now better understand the reasons why I wish to perceive and treat others in the manner I do, as well as I why at times I disobey these learned rules which I own. What other's carry on their own path through life also influence how they in tern may see myself. Biases now appear to be more noticeable in my eyes and less a part of the shadows. Even the very words I write may contain them. The greater I understand my place in this world under the sun- my unique portrait, the more satisfactory of a social worker I may find the potential to become. Reference List: Bishop, A. (2002). Becoming an Ally. (Vol. 5th Edition, C. Brenda, Ed.). Halifax, Nova Scotia: Fernwood Publishing. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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