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Facilitating Injustice

The Complicity of Social Workers in the Forced Removal and Incarceration of Japanese Americans, 1941-1946

Yoosun Park

Facilitating Injustice

Facilitating Injustice

The Complicity of Social Workers in the Forced Removal and Incarceration of Japanese Americans, 1941-1946

Facilitating Injustice

 

Nearly the entire Japanese American population was incarcerated by the federal government during World War II, and social workers were heavily involved in all parts of the process: they vetted, registered, counseled, and tagged all affected individuals; staffed social work departments within the concentration camps in which the Nikkei were held; and worked in the offices administering the "resettlement," the planned scattering of the population explicitly intended to prevent regional re-concentration.


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Beschrijving Facilitating Injustice

"On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066-the primary action that propelled the removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans. From the last days of that month, when California's Terminal Island became the first site of forced removal, to March of 1946, when the last of the War Relocation Authority concentration camps was finally closed, the federal government incarcerated approximately 120,000 persons of ""Japanese
ancestry."" Social workers were integral cogs in this federal program of forced removal and incarceration: they vetted, registered, counseled, and tagged all affected individuals; staffed social work departments within the concentration camps; and worked in the offices administering the ""resettlement,"" the
planned scattering of the population explicitly intended to prevent regional re-concentration. In its unwillingness to take a resolute stand against the removal and incarceration and carrying out its government-assigned tasks, social work enacted and thus legitimized the bigoted policies of racial profiling en masse. Facilitating Injustice reconstructs this forgotten disciplinary history to highlight an enduring tension in the field-the conflict between its purported value-base promoting
pluralism and social justice and its professional functions enabling injustice and actualizing social biases. Highlighting the urgency to examine the profession's current approaches, practices, and policies within today's troubled nation, this text serves as a useful resource for students and scholars of
immigration, ethnic studies, internment studies, U.S. history, American studies, and social welfare policy/history.


ISBN
9780199765058
Pagina's
488
Verschenen
NUR
741
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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