What is Fascism?: A Research-Grounded Definition of 15 Elements of Fascism

By Adam J. Pearson (2021) A. Introduction: Demystifying and Clarifying an Essential Term of Contemporary Discourse In the current political climate, both people on the right and people on the left are increasingly referring to each other as Fascists.  Ironically, however, despite their well-meaning intentions, many people tend to use the term so loosely that…

Aligning with the Source: Unlocking Hidden Meanings of “Worship” in Ancient Hebrew, Greek, and English

By Adam J. Pearson “Whoever gives reverence, Receives reverence.” ~ Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī in the Masnavi-i Ma’navi (Persian: مثنوی معنوی‎) (Sidek, 2015). A Brief Introduction to the Idea of Worship in Postmodern Context: Recovering a Key to Wise Living and Right Relationship with Being “Worship” is a fascinating concept that has in some ways become foreign to contemporary…

Towards an Informationist Post-Metaphysic

By Adam J. Pearson I recently came to the conclusion that the universe is not fundamentally composed of ‘matter,’ at its explanatory bottom, but rather of information, indeed a field of infinite potential and informational possibilities that manifest as finite actualities within universes constrained by discrete sets of physical constants and universal principles (“laws of…

Eight Forms of Opposition to Making Community Change and How to Tackle Them

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction As I researched the processes by which community groups attempted to make change in community practice, particularly when it comes to doing anti-oppressive practice work, one theme came strongly to the forefront. This is the theme of opposition to change and it directly ties into many of the examples we have…

6 Key Domains of Macro Social Work Practice

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction Social Work was designed from its onset to operate on multiple levels at once. At the greatest extremes of scale, we have micro-level clinical work with individuals, couples, and families and work on the macro-level large structures of cities, provinces, nations, and international coalitions. As I prepared for a project in…

Emotional Labour in Work With Older Adults and Palliative Care

By Adam J. Pearson In “Can Emotional Labour Be Fun?” Arlie Russel Hochschild poses a question as incisive as it is relevant to our own discipline of social work. Hochschild defines emotional labour as “the work of trying to feel the appropriate feeling for a job either by evoking or suppressing feelings — a task…

Cooking Up Empowerment: My Experience Creating, Running, and Teaching a Culinary Training Program for Teenagers with Severe Special Needs

By Adam J. Pearson In 2016, I received a phone call from a Vice Principal at the school at which I had previously worked as a Resource Teacher of Mathematics, English, Ethics and Religious Culture, and History, focusing my educational work on adolescents with severe behavioural needs and emotional, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. At this…

Person-Centered in Letter or Spirit?: A Review of Three Articles on Applications of Person-Centered Care with Older Adults in Long-Term Residential Care Facilities

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction: Person-Centered Care in Residential Settings for Older Adults In recent years, researchers have critiqued medical bureaucracies and institutions’ tendencies to reduce short-term patients and long-term residents alike to numbers, depersonalized medical problems, statistics, chunks of time, waitlist positions, or mere occupiers of beds to be discharged as soon as possible…