Title

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

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Vishanthie Sewpaul, Zayed University

ORCID Identifiers

0000-0003-1368-1055

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

Journal of Human Rights and Social Work

Publication Date

3-1-2016

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.

ISSN

2365-1792

Publisher

Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Volume

1

Issue

1

First Page

30

Last Page

39

Disciplines

Education

Keywords

Consciousness-raising, Culture, Human rights, Ideological hegemony, Imperialism, Neoliberalism

Scopus ID

85091734284

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

yes

Open Access Type

Bronze: This publication is openly available on the publisher’s website but without an open license

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