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Human Rights and Social Justice in a Global Perspective

An Introduction to International Social Work

Third Edition

Author Susan C. Mapp

Publication Date - 04 August 2020

ISBN: 9780190059477

480 pages
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

In Stock


Social workers are global actors. From protecting the rights of individuals to working through the lasting impact of regional or international conflict, it is important to acknowledge the impact international social issues have on the work of social workers. In the third edition of Human Rights and Social Justice in a Global Perspective, Susan C. Mapp utilizes the human rights approach to examine social issues in the Global South, including AIDS, human trafficking, war and conflict, and climate change. Using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as other UN human rights documents, as a framework to examine social injustice and human rights violations, these issues are explained holistically to allow readers to understand the cultural context in which they arise and why they persist in society today. Each chapter closes with a "Culture Box," which offers an in-depth look into the issue in, and cultural impacts surrounding, a specific country. Mapp provides suggestions for affecting change on every issue, both as a professional social worker and in one's personal life, making this an ideal text for those looking to engage with international social work.

New to this Edition

  • Revised and updated to comprehensively capture recent social impacts, including climate change
  • A more thorough integration of the human rights approach than previous editions
  • New chapters on sustainable development goals and displacement following war and conflict


  • Introduces a broad range of important, difficult issues in an accessible way, allowing students to see how they can make a difference today
  • Details how nations address specific issues in a "Culture Box" at the end of each chapter
  • Includes extensive listings of resources

About the Author(s)

Susan C. Mapp, PhD, MSSW, is Professor and Chair of Social Work at Elizabethtown College. She is cofounder and coeditor-in-chief of Journal of Human Rights and Social Work.


"Recommended." -- B.M. Gettleson, Haverford College, CHOICE

Table of Contents


    Chapter 1. International Social Development
    Chapter 2. Human Rights
    Chapter 3. Human Trafficking
    Chapter 4. Child Welfare &Well-being
    Chapter 5. War and Conflict
    Chapter 6. Displaced By War and Conflict
    Chapter 7. AIDS
    Chapter 8. Issues Particularly Affecting Women
    Chapter 9. Social Work and the Physical Environment
    Chapter 10. Sustainable Development Goals
    Chapter 11. A Call to Action

    Appendix A: Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Appendix B: Opportunities in International Social Work