Empowerment in Context: Lessons from Hip-Hop Culture for Social Work Practice

  title={Empowerment in Context: Lessons from Hip-Hop Culture for Social Work Practice},
  author={Raphael Travis and Anne C. Deepak},
  journal={Journal of Ethnic \& Cultural Diversity in Social Work},
  pages={203 - 222}
Hip-hop culture can be used as a conduit to enhanced cultural competence and practice skills through the individual and community empowerment framework. This framework is introduced as a tool for direct practice that allows social workers to understand the competing messages within hip-hop culture and how they may impact youths by promoting or inhibiting positive youth development. The individual and community empowerment framework can inform direct practice skills for improved communication… Expand
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