An exposition of humanistic- existential social work in light of ubuntu philosophy: Towards theorizing ubuntu in social work practice

  title={An exposition of humanistic- existential social work in light of ubuntu philosophy: Towards theorizing ubuntu in social work practice},
  author={Robert Kudakwashe Chigangaidze},
  journal={Journal of Religion \& Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought},
  pages={146 - 165}
  • R. K. Chigangaidze
  • Published 24 December 2020
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought
ABSTRACT The article stimulates a discourse for theorizing ubuntu as part of a humanistic-existential approach in social work. The article expatiates on the ontologies and axiology of the humanistic-existential approach in light of ubuntu in an effort to theorize the latter through a comparative analysis of the two. Nine features of the humanistic-existential approach are explored: self-awareness, self-determination, human dignity, holism, the pursuit of social justice and human rights… 

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