Offering a unique perspective that views human rights as the foundation of social justice, Joseph Wronka’s groundbreaking Human Rights and Social Justice outlines human rights and social justice concerns as a powerful conceptual framework for policy and practice interventions for the helping and health professions. This highly accessible, interdisciplinary text urges the creation of a human rights culture as a “lived awareness” of human rights principles, including human dignity, nondiscrimination, civil and political rights, economic, social, and cultural rights, and solidarity rights. The Second Edition includes numerous social action activities and questions for discussion to help scholars, activists, and practitioners promote a human rights culture and the overall well-being of populations across the globe.
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About the Author
Dr. Joseph Wronka is Professor of Social Work, Springfield College, Springfield, MA, Representative to the United Nations in Geneva for the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and part-time representative for the People’s Movement for Human Rights Learning to the UN in New York. He is also President of Human Rights Action International (HRAI). Dr. Wronka received a Fulbright Senior Specialist award, in the discipline of social work with specialities in social justice and poverty and sub specialities in human rights, psychology, and existential-phenomenology. In 2015 he went to Pakistan and Austria as a Fulbright Scholar. Select academic appointments included: West Georgia College, St. Francis College, New York University, Caldwell College, Ramapo College, Chukchi Community College, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Kotzebue Technical Center, College of the Holy Cross, Simmons, Boston College, and in Europe, Fachhochschule at Berne and Zurich, Switzerland; Vienna, Sankt-Poelton, and Innsbruck, Austria; and Hanover, Germany. He was also Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University and Visiting Fellow at the University of Delhi, India. He was also a counselor at alcoholism and methadone maintenance treatment centers; clinician in community mental health centers and in private practice; director of a mental health/substance abuse center; human rights commissioner; Vice President of the World Citizen Foundation; board member to the Coalition for a Strong United Nations and Amherst Media, where he is presently producer of “Creating a Human Rights Culture”. His website is: www.humanrightsculture.org Published widely in scholarly and popular fora, he has presented his work in roughly eighteen countries. His interest is primarily the development of social change strategies to implement human rights principles, in other words, the creation of a human rights culture which he views as the pillars of social justice. Such principles mirror substantively millennia of teaching in various spiritual and ethical belief systems, which assert ultimately that every person, everywhere ought to be guaranteed their human rights, and live with human dignity and to their potential, without discrimination. At times, he refers to himself as an “adventure junkie.” He also likes to travel, swim laps; kayak; fish; ride his bike; and play classical music on the piano and concert and ethnic pieces on the accordion.
Table of ContentsPart I: Human Rights as the Bedrock of Social JusticeChapter 1: Introduction Rationale for This Work Toward the Creation of a Human Rights Culture Five Core Notions of Human Rights Social Justice as Struggle Some Initial Provisos for the Human Rights Defender Political Argument--Don't Be Fooled Summary Questions for Discussion Activities/Actions NotesChapter 2: Before and Beyond the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Toward a History of the Idea of Human Rights Antiquity The Middle Ages The Renaissance The Age of Enlightenment The Age of Industrialization Select Input Prior to the Endorsement of the Universal Declaration Select Core Principles of Some Major Human Rights Documents Other Human Rights Regimes Implementation Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Summary Questions for Discussion Activities/Actions NotesPart II: Building from the FoundationChapter 3: An Advanced Generalist/Public Health Model and Whole Population Approaches 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 The Arts, Human Rights, and Social Justice Other Select Direct Nonviolent Strategies Summary Questions for Discussion Activities/Actions NotesChapter 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 Practice Human Rights Principles That Have Implications for the Therapeutic Relationship Some Words on the Meta-Micro Level Summary Questions for Discussion Activites/Actions NotesChapter 5: A Human Rights/Social Justice Approach to Research-Action Projects for the Helping and Health Professions Human Rights Documents as a Means of Defining the Problem The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Project Toward a Culture of Informed Consent Quantitative Research Qualitative Research Research Leading to Social Action Summary Questions for Discussion Activities/Actions NotesChapter 6: Ground Rules Toward the Paradoxical Commandments Some Ground Rules for Social Action and Service Conclusion Questions for Discussion Activity/Action NoteChapter 7: Redux: A Human Rights/Social Justice Approach to Policy Assessment and Direct Non-Violent Social Action The World Drug Problem Chapter as a Synopsis Steps Actually a Misnomer A Human Rights/Social Justice Approach to Policy Assessment and Direct Non-Violent Action as Pertaining to Illicit Drug Abuse