• Summary: This article examines social workers' attention to privilege, white privilege, and oppression as ideological practice. It suggests alternative methods for accounting for troubles in social relations derived from ethnomethodology. • Findings: Although presented as progressive, the methods used by anti-racist social workers to account for interaction as organized by racism and privilege rely on practices for working up race and privilege isomorphic with those used by racists and white supremacists.• Applications: Alternative methods to account for troubles in relations are suggested which draw on an abiding attention to every-day socially organized practices.

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Keywords anti-discriminatory practice, critical social work practice, methodology, race racism, reflexive practice, Social work
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468017312475279
Journal Journal of Social Work
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deMontigney, G. (2013). The essentialism of whiteness: Abandoning empirical engagement. Journal of Social Work, 13(6), 633–651. doi:10.1177/1468017312475279