The West and the Rest Divide: Human Rights, Culture and Social Work
Source of Publication
Journal of Human Rights and Social Work
© 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.
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Consciousness-raising, Culture, Human rights, Ideological hegemony, Imperialism, Neoliberalism
Sewpaul, Vishanthie, "The West and the Rest Divide: Human Rights, Culture and Social Work" (2016). All Works. 3637.
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Open Access Type
Bronze: This publication is openly available on the publisher’s website but without an open license