Challenges in Human Rights: A Social Work Perspective

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Elisabeth Reichert
Columbia University Press, Oct 22, 2007 - Social Science - 296 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Creating a New Paradigm for Social Work
1
An Invisible Part of the Social Work Curriculum?
16
Implications for the Creation of a Human Rights Culture
44
4 Cultural Relativism and Community Activism
76
5 Development Social Development and Human Rights
97
The Kensington Welfare Rights Union and the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign
122
The Neglected Human Rights
138
A Work in Progress
162
9 Human Rights Violations Against Female Offenders and Inmates
188
10 Childrens Rights as a Template for Social Work Practice
215
HumanMade Disasters and a Call for Universal Social Justice
239
NotSoOdd Bedfellows in Promoting Human Rights
258
Contributors
277
Index
281
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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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