Gordon Pon's research while affiliated with St. Thomas University and other places

Publications (4)

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Anti-oppression emerged in the 1990s as a perspective for challenging inequalities and accommodating diversity within the field of social work, including child welfare in Canada. Using the concepts of white supremacy, anti-Black, and anti-Native racism in conjunction with the notion of the exalted national subject (Thobani, 2007), we contend that a...
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Drawing on focus group data highlighting the perceptions and experiences of racialized child protection workers in the Greater Toronto Area, this article explores the ways in which race operates in the Ontario child welfare system. Most study participants experienced the agencies in which they worked as White-normed environments characterized by sy...
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This article argues that cultural competency promotes an obsolete view of culture and is a form of new racism. Cultural competency resembles new racism both by otherizing non-whites and by deploying modernist and absolutist views of culture while not using racialist language. Drawing on child welfare, cultural competence is shown to repeat what Low...

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... It includes explicit instruction on confronting racism and stresses the legitimacy of multiple social realities. Therefore, while anti-racist pedagogy addresses how racist beliefs/ideologies structure micro-relations, it also examines and challenges how institutions maintain a distribution of disadvantages and advantages along racial lines (Berman & Paradies, 2010;Carr & Lund, 2009;Pon, Gosine, & Phillips, 2011). For instance, placing race at the center of analysis exposes the characteristics of White privilege, including how it is derived from and intimately linked to unequal relations of power, racial discourse, and institutional practices. ...
... Canada's child welfare system was built on Eurocentric ideologies, which can pose challenges for children that are raised within alternate cultural perspectives Gosine and Pon 2011;Herbert 2007), particularly during disclosures of abuse. The Canadian child welfare system comprises government agencies aimed at preventing and addressing child maltreatment, which they define as neglect, exposure to intimate partner violence, emotional maltreatment, physical abuse, and sexual abuse of a minor (Government of Canada 2019). ...
... Examples of new, covert and overt racism were discussed by several participants. New racism is the covert and nuanced ways that people are discriminated against, where the focus is placed on culture, rather than race (Pon, 2009). An example given by one participant of new racism occurring within the hospital setting is provided below: ...