Poverty, Agency, and Human Rights

Poverty, Agency, and Human Rights

by Diana Tietjens Meyers
     
 

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Poverty, Agency, and Human Rights collects thirteen new essays that analyze how human agency relates to poverty and human rights respectively as well as how agency mediates issues concerning poverty and social and economic human rights. No other collection of philosophical papers focuses on the diverse ways poverty impacts the agency of the poor, the reasons why

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Poverty, Agency, and Human Rights collects thirteen new essays that analyze how human agency relates to poverty and human rights respectively as well as how agency mediates issues concerning poverty and social and economic human rights. No other collection of philosophical papers focuses on the diverse ways poverty impacts the agency of the poor, the reasons why poverty alleviation schemes should also promote the agency of beneficiaries, and the fitness of the human rights regime to secure both economic development and free agency.

The book is divided into four parts. Part 1 considers the diverse meanings of poverty both from the standpoint of the poor and from that of the relatively well-off. Part 2 examines morally appropriate responses to poverty on the part of persons who are better-off and powerful institutions. Part 3 identifies economic development strategies that secure the agency of the beneficiaries. Part 4 addresses the constraints poverty imposes on agency in the context of biomedical research, migration for work, and trafficking in persons.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Human rights practitioners have been stressing the importance of community participation and stakeholder engagement for some time, so it is helpful to see... what a philosophical argument for incorporating these considerations would look like."
—Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"This volume, a collection of 13 new essays edited by Meyers (emer., Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs), is an in-depth, comprehensive exploration of various aspects of poverty, agency, and human rights... A handy volume on contemporary global poverty, this collection of philosophical papers is recommended for students, educators, and practitioners from the social sciences and humanities concerned with the issues of poverty, globalization, development studies, and international human rights."
—Choice

"The volume Poverty, Agency, and Human Rights is an important contribution to the fields of global ethics and justice." — Ethics

"I strongly recommend this collection to anyone interested in present philosophical debates on global poverty and human rights." — Australasian Journal of Philosophy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199975884
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/19/2014
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Diana Tietjens Meyers is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. She has held the Ignacio Ellacuría Chair of Social Ethics at Loyola University, Chicago and the Laurie Chair in Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She works in three main areas of philosophy - philosophy of action, feminist ethics, and human rights theory. She is currently writing a monograph, Victims' Stories and the Advancement of Human Rights.

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