International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice(CEASE PUBLICATION) Vol. 1(1), pp. 45 - 53
DOI: 10.13189/ijrh.2013.010108
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Afrocentric Approaches to Working with Immigrant Communities


Ndungi wa Mungai *
Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2678, Australia

ABSTRACT

In this paper I present a case for using an Afrocentric approach in community development work with young African diaspora communities. The challenge faced by social work and community development in working with such immigrant groups is that the dominant individualistic-based theoretical approaches do not work effectively for people from communities with collective understanding of themselves. An Afrocentric approach means that the Africans see themselves as agents, actors, and participants in determining their destiny rather than as marginals in the Community Development workers’ designs based on Eurocentric theories. Equally applicable is the Ubuntu philosophy that is also based on African cultures, emphasises that our human destiny is both as a collective as well as individuals. This approach helps to understand the importance of families and the relatives for diaspora communities. It also helps to explain the problems encountered by such communities. There are lessons to learn about working with non-Western communities from a community development perspective and reclaiming community development for communities as well in the 21st century.

KEYWORDS
Community Development, Acculturation, Human Rights, Ubuntu, Afrocentricity, Immigrants, Diaspora

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Ndungi wa Mungai , "Afrocentric Approaches to Working with Immigrant Communities," International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice(CEASE PUBLICATION), Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 45 - 53, 2013. DOI: 10.13189/ijrh.2013.010108.

(b). APA Format:
Ndungi wa Mungai (2013). Afrocentric Approaches to Working with Immigrant Communities. International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice(CEASE PUBLICATION), 1(1), 45 - 53. DOI: 10.13189/ijrh.2013.010108.