Rethinking empowerment theory using a feminist lens: The importance of process

  • Carr E
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Abstract

This article highlights the importance of social, historical, and political context when theorizing empowerment and “maps” empowerment as a cyclical, rather than a linear, process. Synthesizing important perspectives in feminist thought and empowerment theory, it proposes understandings of positionality, conscientization, and social transformation that are meant to inform empowerment-oriented, femi- nist social work practice.

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  • Consciousness
  • Consciousness-raising
  • Empowerment theory
  • Identity
  • Social transformation

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  • E. Summerson Carr

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