Human Rights and Social Justice in a Global Perspective: An Introduction to International Social Work (2nd edition)

Susan C. Mapp

Recognizing the growing importance of awareness of international social issues for social workers, this thoroughly revised edition provides an updated introduction to a variety of these issues in the Global South, including AIDS, forced labor and war and conflict. A new issue in this edition is examining how the changing physical environment impacts social work practice around the world. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as other UN human rights documents, is used as a framework to examine examples of social injustice and human rights violations. The issues are examined in their cultural contexts to help the reader understand how they developed and why they persist. Each chapter for a particular issue ends in a " which offers an in-depth look at the issue in a particular country, enabling the reader to gain a deeper understanding of how culture impacts the development of social issues. Suggestions for effecting change, both in one's personal or professional life are listed for each chapter and an Appendix offers a variety of resources for engaging in international social work.


Chapter 1: International Social Development
Chapter 2: Human Rights
Chapter 3: Human Trafficking
Chapter 4: International Child Welfare
Chapter 5: War and Conflict
Chapter 6: AIDS
Chapter 7: Issues Particularly Affecting Women
Chapter 8: Social Work and the Physical Environment
Chapter 9: Millennium Development Goals and Beyond
Chapter 10: A Call to Action
Appendix A: Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Appendix B: Opportunities in International Social Work


Susan C. Mapp, PhD, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work at Elizabethtown College.