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Challenges in Human Rights: A Social Work Perspective
     

Challenges in Human Rights: A Social Work Perspective

by Elisabeth Reichert (Editor)
 

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

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231137201
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/09/2007
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Lynne M. Healy
This remarkable collection is a 'must read' for any professional interested in human rights. It brings the work of the most distinguished social work experts on human rights from diverse countries together in a single volume of global relevance. Comprehensive in scope, Challenges in Human Rights addresses human rights theory, legal frameworks, issues in human rights practice and advocacy, human rights of special populations, and the always thorny dilemma of universalism versus cultural relativism.

Hank Liese MSW
The timing of Elisabeth Reichert's reader is excellent, given the growing recognition by the social work profession of the important connection between human rights and social justice, the latter being one of social work's foundational values and guiding principles.

Charles Zastrow
In this groundbreaking text, Elisabeth Reichert and the contributing authors address the paucity of social work literature on human rights and the critical importance of correcting this lack. The text facilitates infusing human rights' principles into social work practice and social welfare policies and defintions of human rights are provided. The text correctly asserts that a human rights approach emphasizes a perspective that advocates a focus from the 'needs' of an indiviudual to the 'rights' of an individual. For example, under the United Nation's Declaration of Human Rights, the United States is obligated to provide helath care to every legal resident. The human rights approach is applied to many areas in this text, including: the creation of a human rights culture, community activism, poverty, the rights of women, and the well-being of children.

MSW - Hank Liese
The timing of Elisabeth Reichert's reader is excellent, given the growing recognition by the social work profession of the important connection between human rights and social justice, the latter being one of social work's foundational values and guiding principles.

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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