Human Rights and Social Justice: Key Issues and Vulnerable Populations is a comprehensive text that focuses on central issues of human rights and justice and links them directly with social work competencies and practice. Drawing attention to oppression and multiple forms of disadvantage and discrimination based on a person’s identity and social location, this volume develops an integrated framework to advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice with vulnerable populations and communities across all three levels of practice.
Each chapter, written by leading scholars in their respective fields, is designed to enhance students’ awareness, knowledge, and understanding of key theories and issues related to diversity, human rights, and equity. Broken into sections providing theory, practice, and case study illustrations, the chapters will first explain and argue that each person, regardless of their position in society, has basic human rights. Students will then see how these knowledges translate into practice through clear and engaging cases that reinforce skills and behaviors that social workers may use to advocate for human rights and ensure that they are distributed equitably and without prejudice.
Providing a broad overview of social justice and rights-based challenges and connecting theory to the profession’s core competencies, this book is an excellent companion for social work students and faculty engaged in foundation and advanced courses in practice with individuals, groups, and communities and diversity and oppression.
List of Contributors Foreword Joseph Wronka Part 1. Setting the Foundation 1. Conceptualizing Human Rights and Social Justice Carole Cox and Tina Maschi 2. A Human Rights Framework for Integrated Practice Joseph Wronka Part 2. Key Issues 3. Oppression and Diversity: Race and Social Justice Cassandra E. Simon and Monique Constance-Huggins 4. Oppression and Diversity: Ethnicity, Culture, Religion Carole Cox 5. Economic Inequality and Social Justice Rosemary A. Barbera 6. Environment, Social Work, and Environmental Justice Julie L. Drolet, Wasif Ali, and Nicola . Williams 7. Social Work and Health Equity: An Examination of the Five Dimensions of Access Rachelle Ashcroft and Keith Adamson Part 3. Vulnerable Populations 8. Supporting Youth Leaving Care in Rural Canada: Clinical Practice and Social Justice Anne Marie McLaughlin, Richard Enns, Susan Gallagher, Jesse Henton 9. Older Adults, Human Rights and Social Justice Carole Cox and Manoj Pardasani 10. Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: Equally Free to Be LGBTQIA+: This is Who I Am, and We Are! Tina Maschi, Sarah Malis, Padma Christie, Dean Adams, Rina Goldstein, and Adriana Maya Kaye 11. Disability, Social Justice and Human Rights: The Experience of the United Kingdom Peter Simcock and Caroline Lee 12. The Human Rights of "Prisoners": It is About People and Community, Not Prisons Tina Maschi, Keith Morgen, and A. Maya Kaye 13. Women’s and Girls’ Rights are Human Rights Smita Ekka Dewan. Sandra G. Turner, Rina Goldstein, and Tina Maschi 14. Refugees and Migrants Stacey A. Shaw 15. Conclusions Carole Cox and Tina Maschi Index