Social Work and Human Rights: A Foundation for Policy and Practice / Edition 1

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As Social Work Students and Practitioners Encounter the Term "Human Rights" With Greater Frequency, there is a pressing need for them to understand its meaning, especially in contradistinction to the related concept of "social justice." This book is an overview of human rights ideas and laws for social workers that stresses the importance of human rights in all types of social work policy and practice. The volume traces the history and development of human rights from the passage of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 and subsequent international documents. In particular, Social Work and Human Rights addresses issues relating to vulnerable groups, including women, children, disabled persons, the HIV- or AIDS-infected population, gays and lesbians, victims of racism, and older persons. The book also includes indispensable case studies that illustrate the application of human rights theory in real-life settings. These case studies demonstrate how to identify relevant human rights issues and then connect these issues to ethical responsibilities in order to form an appropriate intervention scenario with the client.
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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Association of Social Workers Bulletin

Foundation documents provide an essential tool for understanding the issues and applying the understanding to concrete social policy advocacy and action.

European Journal of Social Work
A human rights compass—a preliminary guide for the translation of human rights for social workers.... It is to be welcomed.

— Jeremy Roche

European Journal of Social Work - Jeremy Roche

A human rights compass—a preliminary guide for the translation of human rights for social workers.... It is to be welcomed.

Rosemary Link

As soon as this text is published I will adopt it.... The day-to-day applications of articles contained in an international policy instrument, such as the right to health care and nutrition, assist social workers in their lobbying efforts with government... This is a text which is overdue for social work students and faculty.

Lynne M. Healy

Reichert makes human rights concepts come alive.... Practice case examples and human rights analysis of the NASW's Code of Ethics are particularly valuable in orienting the reader to the domestic practice applications of the global human rights movement.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231123099
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,048,316
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Elisabeth Reichert is a professor at the Southern Illinois University of Carbondale School of Social Work and author of Challenges in Human Rights: A Social Work Perspective and Understanding Human Rights: An Exercise Book.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Development and History of Human Rights 18
2 Universal Declaration of Human Rights 44
3 Building on the Universal Declaration: The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 83
4 The International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights 112
5 Vulnerable Groups: Women 133
6 Vulnerable Groups: Children, Persons with Disabilities and/or HIV-AIDS, Gays and Lesbians, Older Persons, and Victims of Racism 162
7 International Aspects of Human Rights 196
8 Applying Human Rights to the Social Work Profession 224
Conclusion 249
App. A Universal Declaration of Human Rights 251
App. B International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 257
App. C Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 275
App. D International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights 279
Credits and Permissions 289
Index 291
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