Chapter 5, by Sharlene Nipperess and Linda Briskman, advocates a human rights perspective on critical social work. They demonstrate that the relationship between a human rights discourse and critical social work has remained largely unexplored. In this chapter, they argue that human rights frameworks meld with a range of theoretical perspectives within the critical genre, including anti-oppressive and anti-colonial constructs. Drawing upon key examples of relevance to contemporary social work, they explicate the connections and the prospects in a context where core social work values are increasingly eroded by the state and its institutions. The chapter demonstrates how the melding of human rights and critical theories can be significant in the emancipatory project that underpins critical social work.
Critical social work: theories and practices for a socially just world, second edition / June Allan, Linda Briskman and Bob Pease (eds.),
chapter 5, pp. 58-69