Now in its third edition, Human Rights and Social Work explores how the principles of human rights inform contemporary social work practice. Jim Ife considers the implications of social work's traditional Enlightenment heritage and the possibilities of 'post-Enlightenment' practice in a way that is accessible, direct and engaging. The world has changed significantly since the publication of the first edition in 2000 and this book is situated firmly within the context of present-day debates, concerns and crises. Ife covers the importance of relating human rights to the non-human world, as well as the consequences of political and ecological uncertainty. Featuring examples, further readings and a glossary, readers are able to identify and investigate the important issues and questions arising from human rights and social work. Now more than ever, Human Rights and Social Work is an indispensable resource for students, scholars and practitioners alike.
Emeritus Professor Jim Ife holds adjunct positions at the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, at the Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights at Deakin University and at Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria.
Introduction; 1. Human rights in a globalised world; 2. Human rights: beyond traditional formulations; 3. Public and private human rights; 4. Culture and human rights; 5. Human rights and human needs; 6. Human rights and obligations; 7. Ethics and human rights; 8. Participation in the human rights discourse; 9. Constructing human rights for social work practice; 10. Achieving human rights through social work practice; 11. Respecting human rights in social work practice; 12. Conclusion: prospects for human rights practice.