Challenges in Human Rights: A Social Work Perspective

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Overview

By using human rights as a guidepost, social workers can help create social welfare policies that better serve societal needs. However, in applying human rights to contemporary situations, social workers often encounter challenges that require thinking outside the box. Bringing together provocative essays from a diverse range of authors, Elisabeth Reichert demonstrates how approaching social work from a human rights perspective can profoundly affect legislation, resource management, and enforcement of policies. Topics include the reconciliation of cultural relativism with universal human rights; the debate over whether human rights truly promote economic and social development or simply allow economically developed societies to exploit underdeveloped countries; the role of gender in the practice of human rights; the tendency to promote political and civil rights over economic and social rights; and the surprising connection between the social work and legal professions.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

A lively and serious contribution to social work education, and remarkably timely... Highly recommended.

European Journal of Social Work

An inspirational book, pleading social workers to use human rights as a guidepost.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231137218
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 10/9/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Elisabeth Reichert is a professor at the Southern Illinois University of Carbondale School of Social Work and is the author of two previous books on human rights.

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Table of Contents

List of AbbreviationsIntroduction: Social Work Perspectives on Human Rights, by Elisabeth Reichert1. Human Rights in the Twenty-first Century: Creating a New Paradigm for Social Work, by Elisabeth Reichert2. Human Rights in Social Work Practice: An Invisible Part of the Social Work Curriculum?, by Lena Dominelli3. Global Distributive Justice as a Human Right: Implications for the Creation of a Human Rights Culture, by Joseph Wronka4. Cultural Relativism and Community Activism, by Jim Ife5. Development, Social Development, and Human Rights, by James Midgley6. Using Economic Human Rights in the Movement to End Poverty: The Kensington Welfare Rights Union and the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, by Mary Bricker-Jenkins, Carrie Young, and Cheri Honkala7. Economic and Social Rights: The Neglected Human Rights, by Silvia Staub-Bernasconi8. Human Rights and Women: A Work in Progress, by Janice Wood Wetzel9. Human Rights Violations Against Female Offenders and Inmates, by Katherine van Wormer10. Children's Rights as a Template for Social Work Practice, by Rosemary J. Link11. Globalization, Democratization, and Human Rights: Human-Made Disasters and a Call for Universal Social Justice, by Brij Mohan12. Law and Social Work: Not-So-Odd Bedfellows in Promoting Human Rights, by Robert J. McCormickIndex

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