Application of Theory
Janelle R. Lamb
Social Work 383 – Human Diversity and Multicultural Theory New Mexico Highlands University School of Social Work
Multiculturalism is a historical evolution of cultural diversity. Placing critical, before multiculturalism, adds a “framework for analysis” (Sisneros, 2008, p. 3). With this framework we are able to go beyond what is initially reached for, which is learning about, as well as appreciating, diversity and the devices of oppression that operate in society. It “involves an analysis of the systems that maintain and perpetuate inequality, with the presumption of a commitment to egalitarianism through action” (Sisneros, 2008, p. 3). Structural theories dispute that existing social positions are relevant in their placement and are widespread and efficient for social order. Class and individual inequality are the main focus of structural theories in that inequality is the norm and group inequalities are overlooked.
In the article, “A NM Wrong That Should Be Righted” we learn about Joe who was employed in New Mexico for over 10 years. He worked over ten hours a day, six days a week, for less than $6.00 an hour. When Joe was hurt on the job, his family’s way of life shattered before their eyes. This is because Joe worked in agriculture, which happens to not be included in coverage under the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Act. New Mexico is not included in the thirty-three U.S. states that “require some form of mandatory workers’ compensation for agricultural laborers” (Leaman, 2010, p.1). This is a device of oppression that operates in society and a group inequality, which is overlooked. Joe was given money to cover lost wages and medical costs; however it was just a small amount needed to cover the complete loss Joe and his family suffered. It is noted in the article that many workers in agricultural labor don’t receive much or anything at all. “By excluding farm and...
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