• Kateřina Glumbíková Faculty of Social Studies, University of Ostrava
  • Alice Gojová Faculty of Social Studies, University of Ostrava
  • Soňa Vávrová Faculty of Social Studies, University of Ostrava
Keywords: homelessness, intersectionality of oppression, antioppressive social work


The article deals with the use of an anti-oppressive approach in Czech social work focused on homeless people. The theoretical part, among others, looks into the intersectionality of oppression with homeless people. This contribution also presents partial results from two research studies focused on the reflection of oppression by homeless people. The results show that oppression is perceived as pervasive and interconnected by homeless people.  Intrinsically, it forms a barrier in the process of their reintegration into permanent housing forms and a barrier to their access to health services. The necessity of applying the anti-oppressive approach in Czech social work can be clearly deduced from the obtained outcomes. Specifically, its individual instruments such as the production of counter-narratives to oppressive metanarratives, advocacy, critical reflection, and agency.


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