By using human rights as a guidepost, social workers can help
create social welfare policies that better serve societal needs.
However, in applying human rights to contemporary situations,
social workers often encounter challenges that require thinking
outside the box. Bringing together provocative essays from a
diverse range of authors, Elisabeth Reichert demonstrates how
approaching social work from a human rights perspective can
profoundly affect legislation, resource management, and enforcement
of policies. Topics include the reconciliation of cultural
relativism with universal human rights; the debate over whether
human rights truly promote economic and social development or
simply allow economically developed societies to exploit
underdeveloped countries; the role of gender in the practice of
human rights; the tendency to promote political and civil rights
over economic and social rights; and the surprising connection
between the social work and legal professions.
Subjects: Sociology, Political Science
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