This can occur in one of two ways: through evidence-based construction or the logic of experience that can often come from the students themselves, asking them if they have ever found that they have been treated in a negative or uncomfortable way on the basis of their gender.
In practical terms, this means presenting a problem of gender inequality by building a body of research-based evidence that shows that our experience of the social world is still heavily constrained by gender. As scholars and teachers we cannot entirely identify with the entire scope of what is being put forward as fourth wave contemporary feminism, but we can seek to understand it; we can be critical of it but not dismiss it.
It seems to us to be based on a selective diet of various feminist achievements and it involves dropping parts of the diet regime constantly, in order to accept a highly commodified feminine identity that is ideologically inconsistent. But there are good elements of the fourth wave too. Most importantly, however, it has placed key feminist debates back on the public agenda and to a public that is far more comprehensive that any time before.
Conclusion Social work pedagogy has a responsibility to cover the breadth of what social work does, how it is best done and how it best responds to the complexity of the lives of people that it aims to serve. However, what is clearly evident in relation to feminism is that it must be taught in a way that is digestible and relevant to contemporary students of social work. This paper aimed to reflect critically on the relevance of bringing feminism to the fore in social work education. By beginning with our personal narratives we aimed to highlight the distinctiveness of our generation in relation to the birth and growth of the second wave, as it is broadly second wave feminism that appears to still inform what feminist social work researchers draw on and forms the basis of most feminist analysis in social work teaching.
It is arguable that this is because the broader social justice agenda for social work has persisted, for example: poverty; gender inequality; domestic violence; child abuse and neglect. As these social problems persist, frameworks for analysis and practice logically persist with them.
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