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Human Rights and Social Justice


The second edition of Human Rights and Social Justice: Action and Service for the Helping and Health Professions shows students and professionals in the helping and health professions how to constructively use the social construct uman 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 ived awareness?of human rights principles which are interdependent 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.  New material includes a final chapter that provides a human rights/social justice conceptual framework to engage in assessing the world drug problem within an advanced generalist/public health perspective.

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