1st Edition

Rights-Based Community Practice and Academic Activism in a Turbulent World Putting Theory into Practice in Israel, Palestine and Jordan

By Jim Torczyner Copyright 2021
    376 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    376 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Drawing on a theoretical model of coexistence premised on universality, reciprocity and inclusion, this book focusses on the development of academic social work programs and cross-border partnerships to promote social justice and peace in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan.

    Using the model of rights-based practice initiated by Professor Torczyner in Montreal and brought to the Middle East in the 1990s, it shows how the creation and brokering of cross-border partnerships added the concept of rights-based practice to the lexicon of these countries, established groundbreaking advocacy centers in the hearts of disadvantaged communities, developed academic social work programs, and initiated important policy changes in each country to reduce inequality and promote social inclusion. Showing how this evolving method of rights-based practice rooted in theories of coexistence was uniquely adapted in different contexts and cultures while negotiating complex, volatile political environments, it illustrates how long-term peace can be advanced when like-minded people —irrespective of nationality or religion—find ways to promote common interest and a regional culture where all people share the same rights.

    This book will be of interest to all social work students and practitioners interested in community organization and rights-based practice, as well as scholars, policy makers and practitioners of international development, political science, peace studies, Jewish studies, Middle Eastern studies, reconciliation, and conflict resolution.

    Chapter One: The Evolution of an Academic Activist

    Chapter Two: Dancing Between the Raindrops: The Politics of Totally Locally Owned

    Chapter Three: Crossing Boundaries

    Chapter four: It’s About Relationships: The Launching of the McGill Middle East Program in Civil Society and Peace Building

    Chapter Five: You Don’t Have to Love your Neighbor—Just Accept that you have One:A Regional Program with Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian Partners Takes Form

    Chapter Six: Moving Toward the People

    Chapter Seven: Empowering the Marginalized in Times Of Violent Conflict

    Chapter Eight—Advancing Peace

    Chapter Nine: Furthering the Vision in Practice

    Chapter 10: Survival and Transformation in The Wilderness





    Jim Torczyner is Professor of Social Work and founder of the McGill Middle East Program in civil society and peace building (renamed ICAN McGill), which is the subject of this book. Jim joined the faculty at McGill University in 1973 after obtaining his MSW and DSW degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Torczyner has been directly involved in social work, human rights education, and the development of social movements for well over a half-century.