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Possibilities for new social work professional resistance in Chile: times of social change?

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  • 1 Universidad de Chile, , Chile
  • | 2 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, , Chile
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In the current unscrupulous neoliberal climate, social workers are increasingly confronted with ethical and political tensions that clash with the profession’s commitments to human rights and social justice. However, despite neoliberalism’s global reach, the scholarship on social work professional resistance has been largely limited to the Global North. Taking into consideration this absence in the literature, this article seeks to explore the possibilities for professional resistance in the Global South, specifically, in Chile, a country in which neoliberalism was forcefully imposed and that has experienced an exponential growth in social movements over the past two decades. The following article explores the structural and material conditions that have historically shaped social work resistances, arguing that the current social and political climate, specifically, the constitutional process under way, presents a space from which new resistances are possible and necessary in order to challenge neoliberal hegemony.

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  • 1 Universidad de Chile, , Chile
  • | 2 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, , Chile

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