Choice Outstanding Academic Title awarded to University of Newcastle Professor

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Decolonizing Social Work (Ashgate, 2014), edited by the University of Newcastle's Professor Mel Gray, has been selected as a 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine.

Professor Mel Gray's Decolonizing Social Work selected by Choice Magazine

Every year in the January issue Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed during the previous calendar year. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community.

Comprising of approximately nine per cent of the more than 25,000 titles submitted to Choice in 2014, Outstanding Academic Titles are the best of the best.

Gray, a Professor in the Faculty of Education and Arts at UON, collaborated on Decolonizing Social Work with Professor John Coates (St. Thomas University, Canada), Professor Michael Yellow Bird (Humboldt State University, US), and Dr Tiani Hetherington (Professor Gray's former PhD student).

In this volume, Indigenous and non-Indigenous social work scholars examine local cultures, beliefs, values, and practices as central to decolonisation. Supported by a growing interest in spirituality and ecological awareness in international social work, they interrogate trends, issues, and debates in Indigenous social work theory, practice methods, and education models including a section on Indigenous research approaches.

The diversity of perspectives, decolonising methodologies, and the shared struggle to provide effective professional social work interventions is reflected in the international nature of the subject matter and in the mix of contributors who write from their contexts in different countries and cultures, including Australia, Canada, Cuba, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and the USA.

"Improving on their fine 2008 book…could not have been easy…benefits from clear writing and an excellent glossary of terms…meaningful and provocative…Highly recommended." Choice Magazine

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  • Jessie Reid, Faculty of Education and Arts
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