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Human Rights and Social Justice

Social Action and Service for the Helping and Health Professions



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Human Rights and Social Justice by Joseph M. Wronka
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Human Rights and Social Justice: Action and Service for the Helping and Health Professions will show students and professionals in the helping and health professions how to constructively use the social construct "human rights" viewed as the bedrock of social justice to fulfill human need and assist others in actualizing their potential. The author describes the creation of a human rights culture which is a "lived awareness" of human rights principles which are interdepent and legal mandates to fulfill human need. Such principles include human dignity; nondiscrimination; civil and political rights like freedoms of speech and expression; economic, social, and cultural rights, like rights to health care, employment, and adequate shelter; and solidarity rights, like self-determination, peace, and a clean environment. self-determination. An interdisciplinary and educated layperson's approach, the author succinctly summarizes major themes of major documents like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and on torture, indigenous peoples, medical ethics, and the protection of persons with mental illness Viewing social justice as struggle, attention throughout is on both prevention and treatment, that is, macro to micro practice interventions with numerous examples, questions for discussion, and suggested social action and service activities.

Author Biography

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: 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.
Release date Australia
February 26th, 2008
Country of Publication
United States
SAGE Publications Inc
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