Freedom of Expression & Human Rights: Historical, Literary and Political Contexts

Freedom of Expression & Human Rights: Historical, Literary and Political Contexts

by Liam Gearon
     
 

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This work provides a critical and contentious overview of the fundamental relationship between writing and political dissent, from early Greek democracy to post-Enlightenment forms of totalitarianism, such as Communism, Fascism, and Nazism and through to modern forms of liberal democracy based upon universal human rights encapsulated by the United Nations’

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This work provides a critical and contentious overview of the fundamental relationship between writing and political dissent, from early Greek democracy to post-Enlightenment forms of totalitarianism, such as Communism, Fascism, and Nazism and through to modern forms of liberal democracy based upon universal human rights encapsulated by the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Complementing such historical contexts, this book explores the range of predominantly theological and religious, civil and political, social and cultural rationales for contemporary repression, contending that in the modern age at least freedom of expression issues are deeply affected not only by national law but by factors of a trans-national nature. Additionally, through a review of key inter-governmental and non-governmental agencies, the book examines current geo-political trends in the denial of freedom of expression, highlighting post-Cold War and post-September 11 shifts in political and religious repression, a movement in the locale of freedom of expression issues and a heightening of global and trans-national dimensions in freedom of expression. A substantial series of appendices for scholars, researchers, and activists interested in furthering investigation of issues in writing is also included.

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“I write this Foreword as the current President of English PEN. As Dr. Gearon notes, this organisation has played a significant role in campaigning in the UK against the Government’s proposals to make the incitement of religious hatred an offence…Would that we had had this book to help us, with its calm and assured discussion of the history that lies behind our prevailing anxiety today.” —Alastair Niven

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845190897
Publisher:
Sussex Academic Press
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.73(w) x 9.69(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Liam Gearon is reader and director of the Centre for Research in Human Rights at Roehampton University. He is the author of several books, including Citizenship through Religious Education, Human Rights & Religion: A Reader, The Human Rights Handbook, and Landscapes of Encounter.

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