Part 14: Encounters within the social sector

In part fourteen, writer and Master of Social Sciences Koko Hubara discusses everyday encounters in social work and how anti-racist measures could be a part of daily social work.

In the contribution, Hubara takes a stand on shortcomings in social work education and shares experiences of racism and racialisation from the perspective a social work student, social worker, and client. In Finland, social work relies heavily on the white standard and Europe-centred thinking with very little attention to issues such as skin tone (brown, white), racism, and anti-racism.

Hubara talks about shortcomings in the social work education, and discusses different ways to rectify the situation. Hubara reminds viewers that in social work, it is extremely important to have a holistic approach to meeting the clients. Anti-racism means actively loving thy neighbour.

Materials supporting learning

See Koko Hubara's slideshow (pdf 843 KB)

Key concepts:

  • Racism
  • racialisation
  • white standard
  • Europe-centricity
  • brown, white
  • anti-racism
  • colonialism
  • forced assimilation
  • “concept of race”

Read more about the key concepts.

Reflect on the following questions:

  • What is the history of social work like in Finland, and why should it be discussed during social work studies?
  • How should social work education be changed?
  • What does a holistic approach to meeting clients mean, and why is it important?
  • Think about Hubara's comment “anti-racism means actively loving thy neighbour” in relation to your work. How can you as a social worker meet your clients in a holistic manner?