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

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SAGE Publications, Jul 19, 2016 - Social Science - 472 pages
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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Contents

FOREWORD TO THE SECOND EDITION
xix
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
xxiii
FOREWORD TO THE FIRST EDITION
xxxvii
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION
xxxix
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
xlix
PART I HUMAN RIGHTS AS THE BEDROCK OF SOCIAL JUSTICE
1
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
5
CHAPTER 2 BEFORE AND BEYOND THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
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CHAPTER 5 A HUMAN RIGHTSSOCIAL JUSTICE APPROACH TO RESEARCHACTION PROJECTS FOR THE HELPING AND HEALTH PROF...
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CHAPTER 6 GROUND RULES
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A HUMAN RIGHTSSOCIAL JUSTICE APPROACH TO POLICY ASSESSMENT AND DIRECT NONVIOLENT SOCIAL ACTION THE WORLD ...
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EPILOGUE
335
ANNOTATED MEDIA RESOURCES
341
APPENDICES
349
GLOSSARY
375
REFERENCES AND ADDITIONAL READING
381

PART II BUILDING FROM THE FOUNDATION
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CHAPTER 3 AN ADVANCED GENERALISTPUBLIC HEALTH MODEL AND WHOLEPOPULATION APPROACHES TO HUMAN RIGHTS AN...
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CHAPTER 4 ATRISK AND CLINICAL SOCIAL ACTION AND SERVICE STRATEGIES TOWARD THE CREATION OF A HUMAN RIGHTS CU...
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INDEX
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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.

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