Reflections on social work in practice

Perceptions of how being from a higher caste affects social work among the lower (Dalit) caste people of Nepal

  • Shovita Adhikari
Keywords: Dalit, empowerment, sensitise

Abstract

This essay reflects on my community work in a rural village located approximately 70 km from Kathmandu in Nepal. As a social worker, my task was to help integrate people from the Dalit (lower) caste in their local community. The assignment proved to be a challenge, not only because I lacked practical knowledge but also because I belonged to a different caste group, the so-called Brahmin, i.e. the upper caste. In this essay, I discuss how the fact that I am from an upper caste affected my work. The essay attempts to bring forth the problems that I encountered, particularly the critical incidents, and my critical reflections on being a social worker.

Author Biography

Shovita Adhikari

Student
University of Nordland
Norway
shovita@hotmail.com

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Published
2011-04-01
How to Cite
Adhikari, S. (2011). Reflections on social work in practice: Perceptions of how being from a higher caste affects social work among the lower (Dalit) caste people of Nepal. Journal of Comparative Social Work, 6(1), 4 - 15. https://doi.org/10.31265/jcsw.v6i1.54
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