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

Second Edition


© 2017 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Offering a unique perspective that views human rights as the foundation of social justice, Joseph Wronka’s groundbreaking text 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.

Intended Audience
This text is applicable for courses in social work, psychology, sociology, public health, law, medicine, philosophy, political science, as well as “newer” disciplines like peace studies, world citizenship, and environmental sustainability. Scholars, activists, and practitioners will find it a valuable reference for years to come.

Cited as one of the great books for Social Workers!
 
Part I: Human Rights as the Bedrock of Social Justice
 
Chapter 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  
Notes  
 
Chapter 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  
Notes  
 
Part II: Building from the Foundation
 
Chapter 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  
Notes  
 
Chapter 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  
Notes  
 
Chapter 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  
Notes  
 
Chapter 6: Ground Rules
Toward the Paradoxical Commandments  
Some Ground Rules for Social Action and Service  
Conclusion  
Questions for Discussion  
Activity/Action  
Note  
 
Chapter 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  

“Many UN experts and human rights activists worldwide warmly welcome the publication of the Second Edition of Dr. Wronka’s Human Rights and Social Justice, an inspiring if not brilliant work . . . Written for the educated layperson, it builds on the momentum it began in the original edition, excellently integrating both theory and practice, in this case, for the helping and health professions, but in ways that could also have implications for other traditional academic disciplines and ‘newer’ ones like peace and environmental studies, world citizenship, and global distributive justice.”

Alfred de Zayas
United Nations Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order

Human Rights and Social Justice is a compendium of ideas, reflections, strategies, and insights—a great resource for learners and enjoyable read for the curious.” 

Ana M. Sobocan
University of Ljubljana

“Joseph Wronka is truly a social work scholar and visionary of integrating human rights in the helping and health professions. His transdisciplinary approach offers a tangible model to realizing rights for all people in all places.” 

Tina Maschi
Fordham University

“A must-read for anyone in the helping professions who is interested in human rights and social justice.”

Margaret Lombe
Boston College

“The background and history of human rights is superior to other textbooks that I have seen in this area.”

Jessica Jablonski
Walden University
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • An updated foreword written by Dr. David Gil, Professor Emeritus of Brandeis University, sheds light on assertions of humanity’s current state and its possible future.
  • A preface reflecting recent global changes includes the continuing spread of exotic diseases, environmental degradation, the world refugee crisis, and growing inequality.
  • Coverage of two new major human rights documents summarizes the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Final Draft of the Guiding Principles to Eradicate Extreme Poverty.
  • Updated examples explore implementation mechanisms, such as world conferences, special rapporteurs, and human rights reports, and a new section on the UN’s Universal Periodic Review.
  • Updated practice illustrations of global interventions include four of the author's oral interventions before the Human Rights Council in Geneva on the rights of peasants, the world drug abuse problem, the efficacy of the Universal Periodic Review (especially as pertaining to the USA), and a written intervention on eradicating extreme poverty.
  • A new chapter on world drug abuse provides a human rights/social justice approach to policy analysis/assessment within an advanced generalist/public health perspective and poses direct non-violent social action to help resolve this problem.
  • Further discussion on cultural relativism and a new section on political argument help scholar-activists evaluate and recognize purportedly objective policy analyses.
  • A call to action regarding the US ratification of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities is included and compared to the American with Disabilities Act.
  • An expanded appendix includes a comparison of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the United States Constitution and portions of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan where the author served as a Fulbright Scholar.
  • An epilogue by Alfred de Zayas, United Nations Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, urges governmental accountability to UN human rights principles.
KEY FEATURES:

  • Historical, philosophical, and theological perspectives on human rights principles are presented with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the centerpiece of the Human Rights Triptych, flanked by human rights conventions on the right and implementation mechanisms on the left.
  • A multi-pronged approach to address the struggle for social justice is advocated, including dealing with global (meta-macro), whole population (macro), at-risk (mezzo), clinical (micro), and everyday life or interpersonal (meta-micro) interventions.
  • A succinct summary of the core principles of other major human rights documents includes 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 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD); the Final Draft of the Guiding Principles to Eradicate Extreme Poverty; the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Medical Ethics; and the Protection of Persons with Mental Illness.
  • Discussions of crucial topics explore social actions such as 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 can promote human dignity and development.
  • An example of policy analysis and assessment using human rights/social justice principles to deal with the problem of world drug use, particularly illicit drug use.
  • Tables and a glossary succinctly summarize major points discussed throughout the book.

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ISBN: 9781483387178