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34 J. Soc. & Soc. Welfare 25 (2007)
Outsiders-within: Critical Race Theory, Graduate Education and Barriers to Professionalization

handle is hein.journals/jrlsasw34 and id is 21 raw text is: Outsiders-Within: Critical Race Theory,
Graduate Education and
Barriers to Professionalization
Adelphi University
School of Social Work
This article uses the lens of critical race theory to examine the
experiences of minority students in and outside of the social
work education classroom. Research has not critically analyzed
the structures, policies and practices of graduate education pro-
grams and how they influence the socialization experiences of
students. Qualitative interviews with 15 African American and
Latino students reveal that their experiences are often character-
ized by marginalization and conflict. They suggest that certain
aspects of the professionalization process create and support forces
that reproduce stratified social relations.  These problematic re-
lations have a negative impact on minority students threaten-
ing their persistence and professional development. The per-
spectives of minority students in their own voices provide criti-
cal insights into actions graduate programs can take to change
the quality of student life in predominantly White institutions.
Keywords: graduate education; critical race theory; minority stu-
dents; professional socialization; marginalization
Since the early 1970's when the Council on Social Work
Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, March 2007, Volume XXXIV, Number 1

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