Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach

by Michael A. Freeman
     
 

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Human Rights is an introductory text that is both innovative and challenging. It invites students to think conceptually about one of the most important and influential political concepts of our time. In this unique interdisciplinary approach, Michael Freeman emphasizes the complex ways in which the experiences of the victims of human rights violations are

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Human Rights is an introductory text that is both innovative and challenging. It invites students to think conceptually about one of the most important and influential political concepts of our time. In this unique interdisciplinary approach, Michael Freeman emphasizes the complex ways in which the experiences of the victims of human rights violations are related to legal, philosophical and social-scientific approaches to human rights.

By tracing the history of the concept, the book shows that there is a fundamental tension between the philosophy of human rights and the way in which it is understood in the social sciences. This analysis throws light on some of the most controversial issues in the field: Is the idea of the universality of human rights consistent with respect for cultural difference? Are there collective human rights? Should feminists embrace, revise or reject the idea of human rights? Does the idea of human rights distract our attention from the structural causes of oppression and exploitation? What are the underlying causes of human rights violations; and why do some countries have much worse human rights records than others?

The book will appeal to students in the social sciences, as well as students of human rights law who want an introduction to the non-legal aspects of their subject. It will also be read by scholars interested in ethics and the social sciences, as well as the general reader. This is a substantially revised edition that takes account of recent events such as the ‘war on terror’ and the global economic crisis of 2008.

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"A comprehensive, well-informed and intelligent discussion of thecontemporary theoretical and philosophical debates in human rights.Crucially, Human Rights contextualizes its subject, deftlyillustrating the lasting contribution of humanities and socialscience analyses of the non-legal aspects of human rights. Freemanmanages to be both even-handed and incisive in his commentary andthis textbook will appeal to novices and experts alike."
Richard A. Wilson, University of Connecticut

"Michael Freeman's second edition of Human Rights is,like the first, very well written. In addition, it is very wellgrounded in history and normative political theory. Moreover, itaccurately summarizes much literature in the social sciencesdealing with both empirical theory and factual evidence."
Professor D. Forsythe, University of Nebraska

"When Polity published Human Rights in 2002, it filled avoid. Finally, there was a book that introduced the concept withall its complexities but in a clear style. Freeman's systematicapproach and passionate prose guided readers through a labyrinth ofhistory, disciplines, and issues and allowed them to develop anunderstanding of the history of human rights, along with a range ofdebates and conflicts surrounding them. The layered analysis madethe book equally attractive to the experts. Now, nearly a decadelater, we have more books on human rights, but none to replaceFreeman's. The second edition, still maintaining the originalstructure and broad scope, points to the elements of progressamidst ever increasing human rights violations, albeit in a rapidlychanging world."
Zehra F. Kabaskal Arat, Purchase College

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745639666
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/19/2011
Series:
Polity Key Concepts in the Social Sciences Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,100,437
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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