Pluralism and Professionalism: A Critique of Cultural Pluralism with Implications for Social Work Practice

By Charles S. Levy, Jack Rothman

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Spring 1963

The author reviews an array of divergent definitions of the concept of pluralism, within national cultural and sub-cultural contexts. He discusses critiques of the model of pluralism as applying to the United States, including: that pluralism is divisive; that it is inconsistent with the American cultural "melting pot" tradition; that it is impractical; that it is harmful to minority groups; and that it is logically inconsistent. He draws implications for social work practice, especially within minority group agency contexts.

Topic: Culture, Social Work, Acculturation, Pluralism, Diversity, Assimilation

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 39/No. 3

Page Number(s): 241-248

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Levy, Charles S. Rothman, Jack. Pluralism and Professionalism: A Critique of Cultural Pluralism with Implications for Social Work Practice. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1963: 241-248. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5698


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