Human Rights and Social Justice in a Global Perspective: An Introduction to International Social Work / Edition 1

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Overview

An eye-opening overview of international human rights and social justice, this exemplary introductory text focuses on current global problems of pressing concern for social workers. Susan Mapp addresses difficult topics such as healthcare, violence against women, war and conflict, forced labor, and child soldiers in an accessible manner that encourages students to think critically about such problems, research the issues, and get involved with organizations that are working on them. The content comes alive with brief but vivid narratives of individuals suffering from these social problems, and with suggestions for what students can do to create change: both now and what they will be able to do as professionals. Mapp analyzes problems in their cultural contexts to help the reader understand how they developed, why they persist, and what the local and international responses, both governmental and nongovernmental, have been. As the world becomes ever more interconnected and problems in the Global South affect those in the North, this volume will educate and empower the next generation of social workers to effect real change in the world.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This text provides a critical contextual overview of the major issues that are faced in international social work. It provides an excellent foundational understanding to anyone wishing to work within the international arena of social work."--Patrick Thomas Panos, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Social Work, Brigham Young University

"I warmly recommend this book to all social workers who are preparing to enter the arena of international social development. It is a true source of inspiration to those who dare to take up the challenge to show that social work can indeed make a major contribution toward reversing the processes of discrimination, poverty and gender oppression in the world."--Sven Hessle, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work, Stockholm University, and Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Social Welfare

"This book provides an excellent overview of universal human rights as an organizing framework for international social work, and I highly recommend it as a source of practical knowledge and useful information."--Catherine Hawkins, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Work, Texas State University

"Susan Mapp has authored the definitive book on international social development. By incorporating human rights as the central organizing feature, she has brought a complex field into clear focus."--Mark Lusk, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Social Work, University of Texas at El Paso

"...exemplary...This book is not only important for social workers but an excellent read for anyone interested in current affairs and for those in related fields such as law, public policy, and public administration."--Reviewed by Nairruti Jani, University of Texas at Arlington, in Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare

"There are other texts on human rights but none that ground human rights in the context of global social problems as well as this text. It in, Susan Mapp does something I have not found in other texts: she challenges students' knowledge of geography. She then shares contrasting theoretical bases so students begin to understand the need to look at areas from a variety of perspectives. This sets the stage for constant critical thinking." --Nancy Udolph, MSSW, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work and Family Studies, Ashland University

"Mapp's new edition of Human Rights and Social Justice in a Global Perspective is very user-friendly, with great online resources at the end of chapters...a great balance of academic writing, yet easy to read. In short, the world is a big place and this text is the macro of social work practice. Mapp's book is accessible to students, with understandable starting points for how to affect change." --Tanya M. Voss, MSSW, Clinical Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Field Education, School of Social Work, University of Texas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195313451
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/26/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,029,446
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan C. Mapp, PhD, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work at Elizabethtown College.

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Table of Contents

1. International Social Development

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