Discussions of race and migration tend to be marginalised within social work, often being presented as a special interest topic. However, in reality, the history of the human species, of migration and oppression are interwoven. Moreover, as Goldberg observes, ‘With emerging European exploration and expansion from the late fourteenth century on, it is also the history of miscegenation and cultural mixing, of increasing physical and cultural heterogeneity. (2002, p. 14). This chapter offers a historical analysis of ‘race’ and racism and the ways that these concepts have, over time, been constructed, understood and opposed.
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