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Aimed at not only scholars and students, but also for health professionals.... [it] is well written, useful, and has alot of information about human rights that is generally not known or easily available.... Some interesting nd novel aspects of the book are the sections on Questions for Discussion and Activities/Actions at the end of each chapter meant for helping students to understand human rights not only in theory but also t get a better grasp from a practical point of view. (Ravi Bhatia Gandhi Marg, Volume 32 (2), July-September 2010, p. 218. 2010-07-01)

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Dr. Joseph Wronka is Professor of Social Work, Springfield College, Springfield, MA, and Principal Investigator of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Project, originating in the Center for Social Change at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.  Dr. Wronka recently received a Fulbright award, being placed on their Senior Specialists Roster with the major discipline of social work and subspecialities in poverty, social justice, human rights, psychology, and existential-phenomenology. His Ph.D. in Social Policy is from the Heller School’s Center for Social Change. His Master’s is in Existential-Phenomenological Psychology with a Clinical-Community concentration from Duquesne University. He had also studied the phenomenology of the performing musician at the University of Nice, France. Select academic appointments included: West Georgia College, St. Francis College, New York University, Ramapo College, College of the Holy Cross, Simmons, Chukchi Community College, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Boston College, and schools of social work at Berne, Switzerland, Sankt-Poelton, and Vienna, Austria. He was also a counselor at alcoholism and methadone maintenance treatment centers, clinician in private practice, and community mental health centers, director of a mental health/substance abuse center, human rights commissioner; served as vice-president of the World Citizen Foundation, and currently is board member to the Coalition for a Strong United Nations.

Published widely in popular and scholarly fora, he has presented his work in roughly fourteen countries. His interest is primarily the development of social change strategies to implement human rights standards, which mirror substantively millennia of teaching in various spiritual and ethical belief systems, so that every person, everywhere can live with human dignity and to their potential, without discrimination. He likes to swim laps; ride his bike; and play classical music on the piano and concert and ethnic pieces on the accordion.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc (December 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412938732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412938730
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Wronka is Professor of Social Work, Springfield College, Springfield; MA; Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, for the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), which has special consultative status with ECOSOC; and Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar within the discipline of Social Work with specialities in social justice and poverty and subspecialties in human rights, phenomenology, and psychology . He has taught human rights, social policy,social justice, qualitative research, humanistic and existential-phenomenological psychology. and other courses in the helping and health professions for roughly 25 years. He has done research on the world of the street musician, while living in the South of France in his twenties. It was a participatory-action project, where he played his accordion in the streets. He also lived in the arctic and subarctic regions of Alaska in his thirties where he worked in primarily an Indigenous community developing a generalist counseling program among other things. He has also worked in areas of extreme poverty, such as the inner cities of New York and for some time in Appalachia and Mississippi. His doctorate in social policy is from Brandeis, the Heller School, where he also served as Principal Investigator of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Project, which originated in Heller's Center for Social Change.

He is the author of four books: Human Rights and Social Policy in the 21t Century: A Comparison of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights with United States Federal and State Constitutions i(University Press of America, 1992, 1998 [rev. ed.]); the Dr. Ambedkar Lectures on the Theme Creating a Human Rights Culture (National Institute of Social Sciences and Social Work, Bhubenaswar India, 2002); and Human Rights and Social Justice: Social Action and Service for the Helping and Health Professions (Sage, 2008). (Note that Human Rights and Social Justice comes with an Instructor's Manual, lecture notes, PowerPoints, examination questions (objective and essay). However, you need to be a professor for an examination copy, which would also include the Instructor's Manual. If interested, please go to the Sage website at: www.sagepub.com and enter author's name "Wronka".

He loves the outdoors (as you can tell from the photo, like kayaking, bicycling, swimming. He also plays the accordion and piano. There he is on the right in a short video at Occupy Wall Street. His homepage is: www.humanrightsculture.org

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brendan O'neil on February 25, 2008
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This book is an essential to the budding activist who strives to get at the core of social disorder perpetuated by commercial capatilisms inherant betrayal of global human rights, additionaly the literature provides solutions that empower the reader to take action and strive for change.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katherine van Wormer on November 11, 2009
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There is nothing stuffy about this book on the context of human rights within the framework of human needs. Let yourself read through the first few pages, and you will likely want to read it all the way through. Human Rights and Social Justice is must reading for all who enjoy reading prose that is highly literate and historically relevant. Wronka's extensive international experience provides insights that lend themselves well to a holistic understanding of human rights as the bedrock of social justice. Educators throughout the helping and legal professions will find much of value here to enlighten students and inform their lectures on topics related to public health and human needs. The critical thinking questions that are infused throughout provide excellent material for class discussion.
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By Dale on August 19, 2013
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I got the book on time and it great shape. I would definitely recommend them again if you need a book
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