Human Rights and Social Justice: Social Action and Service for the Helping and Health Professions / Edition 1

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Human Rights and Social Justice: Social Action and Service for the Helping and Health Professions has a unique perspective that views human rights as the bedrock of social justice. It provides a clear blueprint how human rights and social justice concerns can serve as a conceptual framework for policy and practice interventions among the helping and health professions.

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Gandhi Marg, Volume 32 (2), July-September 2010, p. 218. - Ravi Bhatia
Aimed at not only scholars and students, but also for health professionals.... [it] is well written, useful, and has alot of information about human rights that is generally not known or easily available.... Some interesting nd novel aspects of the book are the sections on Questions for Discussion and Activities/Actions at the end of each chapter meant for helping students to understand human rights not only in theory but also t get a better grasp from a practical point of view.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412938730
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/10/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 372,142
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Joseph Wronka is Professor of Social Work, Springfield College, Springfield, MA, and Principal Investigator of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Project, originating in the Center for Social Change at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. Dr. Wronka recently received a Fulbright award, being placed on their Senior Specialists Roster with the major discipline of social work and subspecialities in poverty, social justice, human rights, psychology, and existential-phenomenology. His Ph.D. in Social Policy is from the Heller School’s Center for Social Change. His Master’s is in Existential-Phenomenological Psychology with a Clinical-Community concentration from Duquesne University. He had also studied the phenomenology of the performing musician at the University of Nice, France. Select academic appointments included: West Georgia College, St. Francis College, New York University, Ramapo College, College of the Holy Cross, Simmons, Chukchi Community College, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Boston College, and schools of social work at Berne, Switzerland, Sankt-Poelton, and Vienna, Austria. He was also a counselor at alcoholism and methadone maintenance treatment centers, clinician in private practice, and community mental health centers, director of a mental health/substance abuse center, human rights commissioner; served as vice-president of the World Citizen Foundation, and currently is board member to the Coalition for a Strong United Nations.

Published widely in popular and scholarly fora, he has presented his work in roughly fourteen countries. His interest is primarily the development of social change strategies to implement human rights standards, which mirror substantively millennia of teaching in various spiritual and ethical belief systems, so that every person, everywhere can live with human dignity and to their potential, without discrimination. He likes to swim laps; ride his bike; and play classical music on the piano and concert and ethnic pieces on the accordion.

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Table of Contents

Ch 1. Introduction
Rationale for this Work
Toward the Creation of a Human Rights Culture
The Importance of Words
Five Core Notions of Human Rights
Social Justice as Struggle
Some Initial Provisos for the Human Rights Defender
Ch 2. Before and Beyond the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Toward a History of the Idea of Human Rights
Human Rights in Antiquity
The Middle Ages
The Renaissance
Age of Enlightenment
Age of Industrialization
Select Input Prior to the Endorsement of the Universal Declaration
Select Major International Human Rights Initiatives
Select Core Principles of Some Major Human Rights Documents
Other Human Rights Regimes
Ch 3. An Advanced Generalist/Public Health Model and Whole Population Approach to Human Rights and Social Justice
A Helping and Health Profession Model of Intervention
Levels of Intervention
The Struggle to Implement Levels of Intervention
Education Toward the Creation of a Human Rights Culture
Commemorating Major International Days
Proclamations, Resolutions, Declarations, and Bills
Providing NGO Input: Statement of IFSW
The Arts, Human Rights, and Social Justice
Other Select Direct Nonviolent Strategies
Ch 4. At-risk and Clinical Social Action and Service Strategies Toward the Creation of a Human Rights Culture
The Helping and Health Professions as an At-risk Group
Business and Human Rights
Humanistic Administration
Social Entrepreneurship
Grant Writing
Principles for the Protection of Persons with Mental Illness
Toward a Socially Just Human Rights Based Approach to Clinical Intervention
Human Rights Principles Which Have Implications for the Therapeutic Relationship
Some Words on the Meta-Micro
Ch 5. A Human Rights/Social Justice Approach to Research-Action Projects for the Helping and Health Professions
Human Rights Documents as a Way to Define the Problem
Toward a Culture of Informed Consent
Quantitative Research
Qualitative Research
Research as Leading to Social Action
Ch 6. Ground Rules
Toward the Paradoxical Commandments
Some Ground Rules for Social Action and Service
Media Resources
Appendix I: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Appendix II: Select Portions of Major Human Rights Documents
About the Author

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