List of Abbreviations Introduction: Social Work Perspectives on Human Rights, by Elisabeth Reichert 1. Human Rights in the Twenty-first Century: Creating a New Paradigm for Social Work, by Elisabeth Reichert 2. Human Rights in Social Work Practice: An Invisible Part of the Social Work Curriculum?, by Lena Dominelli 3. Global Distributive Justice as a Human Right: Implications for the Creation of a Human Rights Culture, by Joseph Wronka 4. Cultural Relativism and Community Activism, by Jim Ife 5. Development, Social Development, and Human Rights, by James Midgley 6. Using Economic Human Rights in the Movement to End Poverty: The Kensington Welfare Rights Union and the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, by Mary Bricker-Jenkins, Carrie Young, and Cheri Honkala 7. Economic and Social Rights: The Neglected Human Rights, by Silvia Staub-Bernasconi 8. Human Rights and Women: A Work in Progress, by Janice Wood Wetzel 9. Human Rights Violations Against Female Offenders and Inmates, by Katherine van Wormer 10. Children's Rights as a Template for Social Work Practice, by Rosemary J. Link 11. Globalization, Democratization, and Human Rights: Human-Made Disasters and a Call for Universal Social Justice, by Brij Mohan 12. Law and Social Work: Not-So-Odd Bedfellows in Promoting Human Rights, by Robert J. McCormick Index
"The timing of Elisabeth Reichert's reader is excellent, given the growing recognition by the social work profession of the important connection between human rights and social justice, the latter being one of social work's foundational values and guiding principles." -- Hank Liese MSW, Ph.D.,, associate professor, College of Social Work, University of Utah "In this groundbreaking text, Elisabeth Reichert and the contributing authors address the paucity of social work literature on human rights and the critical importance of correcting this lack. The text facilitates infusing human rights' principles into social work practice and social welfare policies and defintions of human rights are provided. The text correctly asserts that a human rights approach emphasizes a perspective that advocates a focus from the 'needs' of an indiviudual to the 'rights' of an individual. For example, under the United Nation's Declaration of Human Rights, the United States is obligated to provide helath care to every legal resident. The human rights approach is applied to many areas in this text, including: the creation of a human rights culture, community activism, poverty, the rights of women, and the well-being of children." -- Charles Zastrow, George Williams College of Aurora University
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.
A lively and serious contribution to social work education, and remarkably timely... Highly recommended. Choice An inspirational book, pleading social workers to use human rights as a guidepost. European Journal of Social Work