Understanding poverty from the perspective of social justice activism: Reflections on "think globally-act locally" - A conversation with Leslie Rebecca Bloom

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In the field of marriage and family therapy, efforts have been made to recognize social justice associated with race, gender, and sexuality over the past decade. However, scant attention is given to the social justice issue in welfare policy that significantly affects daily activities of low-income families. Without awareness of the internationality with poverty and welfare, marriage and family therapists working with low-income families may reinforce the unjust status quo. This paper based on an interview with Leslie Rebecca Bloom aims to address the importance of understanding effects of social policy on families, and further to provide implications for therapists to promote social justice working with the impoverished or working poor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-78
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Feminist Family Therapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Applied Psychology

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