Human Rights and Social Justice: Social Action and Service for the Helping and Health Professions
′This book provides a valuable framework from which useful discussion and social action can be developed. It is especially relevant to the issues faced by professionals in the helping and health professions, and could serve to foster greater awareness of global concerns and aims shared by workers in these professions.′ --JOURNAL OF PHENOMENOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
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.
- Provides both historical and philosophical perspectives on human rights principles, with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the centerpiece
- Succinctly summarizes for the educated layperson core principles of other major human rights documents, such as international conventions on: Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR); Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (CESCR); the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); the Eradication of Racial Discrimination (CERD); the Rights of the Child (CRC); Torture (CAT); the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Medical Ethics; and the Protection of Persons with Mental Illness
- Viewing social justice as struggle, advocates a multi-pronged approach dealing with whole, at-risk, and clinical populations to promote physical and mental well-being and eradicate social and individual pathology
- Examines social actions like human rights education, resolutions, and bills; the arts and the media; humanistic administration; grant writing; social entrepreneurship; clinical interventions; and quantitative and qualitative research that fcan promote human dignity, public health, human development, and the creation of a human rights culture, which is a "lived awareness" of human rights principles in mind, heart, and body
- Supported by Instructor Resources on CD - which includes PowerPoint slides for each chapter accompanied by notes from the author, a comprehensive test bank, a sample syllabus, teaching tips, and more.
This text is an excellent core or supplement text for social policy and practice courses encompassing social work, psychology, psychiatry, public health, medicine, nursing, ethics, law, theology, philosophy, the arts, peace studies, political science, and world citizenship. Scholars, activists, and practitioners will find it a valuable reference for years to come.
"Human rights and social justice is an important contribution to social justice theory and practice. Dr. Wronka presents a solid and sound argument that human rights, as proclaimed in 1948 by the United Nations in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ought to serve as the foundation for socially just ways of life."
--David G. Gil
Professor, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
"Brilliantly demonstrates that human rights provides a powerful framework for the helping and health professions. Blending in-depth knowledge of human rights with theory and practice in the helping professions, Wronka presents a comprehensive model to guide actions from global to micro levels, and from professional to personal."
--Lynne M. Healy
Center for International Social Work Studies
"At once accessible and learned, theoretical and practical. Wronka′s groundbreaking text, reflecting comprehensive knowledge melded with a commitment to social action, is worthy of every professional′s library. It should be required reading in schools."
--Janice Wood Wetzel
International Association of Schools of Social Work