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

ISBN-10: 1412938732

ISBN-13: 9781412938730

Edition: 2008

Authors: Joseph Wronka

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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. Key Features and Benefits 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 "Human rights and social justice is an importantcontribution 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. GilProfessor, 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???? Intended Audience???? This text is an excellent core or supplement test 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.
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List price: $73.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/11/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Dr. Joseph Wronka is Professor of Social Work, Springfield College, Springfield, MA, and Principal Investigator of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Project, originating in the Center for Social Change at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. His Ph.D. in Social Policy is from the Heller School�s Center for Social Change. His Master�s is in Existential-Phenomenological Psychology with a Clinical-Community concentration from Duquesne University. He had also studied the phenomenology of the performing musician at the University of Nice, France. Select academic appointments included: West Georgia College, St. Francis College, New York University, Ramapo College, College of the Holy Cross, Simmons, Chukchi Community College, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Boston College, and schools of social work at Berne, Switzerland, Sankt-Poelton, and Vienna, Austria. He was also a counselor at alcoholism and methadone maintenance treatment centers, clinician in private practice, and community mental health centers, director of a mental health/substance abuse center, human rights commissioner; served as vice-president of the World Citizen Foundation, and currently is board member to the Coalition for a Strong United Nations. Published widely in popular and scholarly fora, he has presented his work in roughly fourteen countries. His interest is primarily the development of social change strategies to implement human rights standards, which mirror substantively millennia of teaching in various spiritual and ethical belief systems, so that every person, everywhere can live with human dignity and to their potential, without discrimination. He likes to swim laps; ride his bike; and play classical music on the piano and concert and ethnic pieces on the accordion.

Human Rights as the Bedrock of Social Justice
Rationale for this Work
Toward the Creation of a Human Rights Culture
The Importance of Words
Five Core Notions of Human Rights
Social Justice as Struggle
Some Initial Provisos for the Human Rights Defender
Before and Beyond the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Toward a History of the Idea of Human Rights
Human Rights in Antiquity
The Middle Ages
The Renaissance
Age of Enlightenment
Age of Industrialization
Select Input Prior to the Endorsement of the Universal Declaration
Select Major International Human Rights Initiatives
Select Core Principles of Some Major Human Rights Documents
Other Human Rights Regimes
Building From the Foundation
An Advanced Generalist/Public Health Model and Whole Population Approach 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: Statement of IFSW
The Arts, Human Rights, and Social Justice
Other Select Direct Nonviolent Strategies
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 Intervention
Human Rights Principles Which Have Implications for the Therapeutic Relationship
Some Words on the Meta-Micro
A Human Rights/Social Justice Approach to Research-Action Projects for the Helping and Health Professions
Human Rights Documents as a Way to Define the Problem
Toward a Culture of Informed Consent
Quantitative Research
Qualitative Research
Research as Leading to Social Action
Ground Rules
Toward the Paradoxical Commandments
Some Ground Rules for Social Action and Service
Media Resources
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Select Portions of Major Human Rights Documents
About the Author
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