Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Social Work Practice: Working with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People

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Deana F. Morrow, Lori Messinger
Columbia University Press, 2006 - Political Science - 513 pages
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Al-Jazeera and other satellite television stations have transformed Arab politics over the last decade. By shattering state control over information and giving a platform to long-stifled voices, these new Arab media have challenged the status quo by encouraging open debate about Iraq, Palestine, Islamism, Arab identity, and other vital political and social issues. These public arguments have redefined what it means to be Arab and reshaped the realm of political possibility. As Marc Lynch shows, the days of monolithic Arab opinion are over. How Arab governments and the United States engage this newly confident and influential public sphere will profoundly shape the future of the Arab world.

Marc Lynch draws on interviews conducted in the Middle East and analyses of Arab satellite television programs, op-ed pages, and public opinion polls to examine the nature, evolution, and influence of the new Arab public sphere. Lynch, who pays close attention to what is actually being said and talked about in the Arab world, takes the contentious issue of Iraq-which has divided Arabs like no other issue-to show how the media revolutionized the formation and expression of public opinion. He presents detailed discussions of Arab arguments about sanctions and the 2003 British and American invasion and occupation of Iraq. While Arabs strongly disagreed about Saddam's regime, they increasingly saw the effects of sanctions as a potent symbol of the suffering of all Arabs. Anger and despair over these sanctions shaped Arab views of America, their governments, and themselves.

Lynch also suggests how the United States can develop and improve its engagement with the Arab public sphere. He argues that the United States should move beyond treating the Arab public sphere as either an enemy to be defeated or an object to be manipulated via public relations. Instead of wasting vast sums of money on a satellite television station nobody watches, the United States should enter the public sphere as it really exists.

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Deana F. Morrow is associate professor of social work at Winthrop University, in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She received her doctorate in Counselor Education from North Carolina State University, the Master of Social Work Degree and a graduate level Certificate of Gerontology from the University of Georgia, and a Master's Degree in Counseling from Western Carolina University. Dr. Morrow teaches micro and mezzo practice courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her practice background is in clinical practice in the fields of mental health, aging, and healthcare. Her research focus is in the areas of social work practice with sexual minority populations and social work education. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Carolina, and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers at the national level. She holds memberships in the National Association of Social Workers and the Council on Social Work Education where she holds a national appointment to the Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression. She is also a member of the Educators and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, sponsored by the Social Worker Baccalaureate Program Directors Association. In addition, Dr. Morrow holds a gubernatorial appointment to the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board. She is also a Certified Site Visitor for the reaccreditation of social work education programs through the Council on Social Work Education.

Lori Messinger is assistant professor of social work and director of the BSW program at the University of Kansas. Messinger is an Assistant Professor in the school of social work at North Carolina State University. She, too, has written several journal articles on gay and lesbian issues and rural social work.


Deana F. Morrow, PhD, LPC, LCSW, ACSW, is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She received her doctorate in Counselor Education from North Carolina State University, the Master of Social Work Degree and a graduate level Certificate of Gerontology from the University of Georgia, and a Master's Degree in Counseling from Western Carolina University. Dr. Morrow teaches micro and mezzo practice courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her practice background is in clinical practice in the fields of mental health, aging, and healthcare. Her research focus is in the areas of social work practice with sexual minority populations and social work education. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Carolina, and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers at the national level. She holds memberships in the National Association of Social Workers and the Council on Social Work Education where she holds a national appointment to the Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression. She is also a member of the Educators and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, sponsored by the Social Worker Baccalaureate Program Directors Association. In addition, Dr. Morrow holds a gubernatorial appointment to the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board. She is also a Certified Site Visitor for the reaccreditation of social work education programs through the Council on Social Work Education
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Lori Messinger (Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) is an Assistant Professor in the school of social work at North Carolina State University. She, too, has written several journal articles on gay and lesbian issues and rural social work.

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