Title

The West and the Rest Divide: Human Rights, Culture and Social Work

Source of Publication

Journal of Human Rights and Social Work

Abstract

© 2016, Springer International Publishing. Based on historical antecedents and continuing forms of imperialism, contemporary constructions of the world are exemplified by divisions, cultural conceit and skewed socio-economic development within and across nations. There is a tendency to present Western and Asian/African “culture” and social work as monolithic and dichotomous entities, thus reinforcing essentializing discourses on culture and social work, which I contest by dealing with three major issues—culture, human rights and neoliberalism. The inextricable relationship between socio-economic development, democracy, culture and human rights, with intersecting “race”, gender and national/regional belonging are predisposing determinants of poverty and human rights violations, which have important implications for social work education, research and practice.

Document Type

Article

First Page

30

Last Page

39

Publication Date

3-1-2016

DOI

10.1007/s41134-016-0003-2

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Vishanthie Sewpaul, Zayed University

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