Unlocking doors: Providing MSW programs and students with educational "keys" to social justice

Diane R. Wiener, Mitch Rosenwald

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How can social work educators identify what constitutes social justice as a practice, as a social work stance? How can we teach our students to recognize this stance, to work toward it, to practice it, and to live it? Symbolic interactionist Erving Goffman's concepts of keys and keying, as underscored in his work Frame Analysis, provide useful tools for helping students to recognize the value of social justice within social work educational encounters and to apply this value when they enter the field. The concepts of keys and keying can also help programs to assess and amplify their commitments to social justice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-139
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Progressive Human Services
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Activism
  • Applications of theory to practice
  • Critical thinking
  • Erving Goffman
  • Progressive pedagogy
  • Social justice
  • Social work education
  • Social work program assessment
  • Social work values and ethics
  • Symbolic interactionism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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