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Latino Small Businesses and the American DreamCommunity Social Work Practice and Economic and Social Development$
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Melvin Delgado

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231150897

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231150897.001.0001

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Values, Principles, and Analytical Framework

Values, Principles, and Analytical Framework

(p.149) 5 Values, Principles, and Analytical Framework
Latino Small Businesses and the American Dream

Melvin Delgado

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the values and principles vital for shaping how community social work practice is carried out when addressing Latino small businesses. The four key values in implementing community social work practice are social justice, self-determination, community well-being, and community assets. With regards to practice principles, five are derived from a variety of scholarly and practices sources. First, all communities, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances, possess inherent assets. Second, communities must play influential roles in the decision making process pertaining to intervention goals. Third, communities are the best experts on their conditions and circumstances. Fourth, Latino small businesses must be viewed from a multifaceted perspective that stresses economic/operational, cultural, and social capital dimensions. Finally, sustainable community-focused initiatives in support of Latino small businesses are best achieved through meaningful collaboration. These values and principles take on a synergistic effect when all of them are present and interacting with one another.

Keywords:   community social work practice, community social work values, community social work principles, Latino small businesses, community-focused initiatives

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