Overview


Since the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, human rights have become the dominant language of the public good around the globe. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Canada. The long-standing fights for aboriginal rights, the linguistic heritage of French-speaking Canadians, and same-sex marriage have steered the country into a full-blown “rights revolution” — one that is being watched carefully around the world. Are group rights jeopardizing individual rights? When everyone ...
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The Rights Revolution

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Overview


Since the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, human rights have become the dominant language of the public good around the globe. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Canada. The long-standing fights for aboriginal rights, the linguistic heritage of French-speaking Canadians, and same-sex marriage have steered the country into a full-blown “rights revolution” — one that is being watched carefully around the world. Are group rights jeopardizing individual rights? When everyone asserts his or her rights, what happens to collective responsibility? Can families survive and prosper when each member has rights? Is rights language empowering individuals while weakening community? These essays, taken from Michael Ignatieff's famous Massey Lectures, addresses these questions and more, arguing passionately for the Canadian approach to rights that emphasizes deliberation rather than confrontation, compromise rather than violence. In a new afterword, the author explores Canada’s political achievements and distinctive stance on rights, and offers penetrating commentary on more recent world events.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887848926
  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press Inc
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Series: CBC Massey Lectures
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 672,242
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Michael Ignatieff is a renowned writer and historian. He has been a professor of human rights policy at both Harvard University and the University of Toronto. He is the author of sixteen fiction and nonfiction books that have been translated into twelve languages, including Blood and Belonging, which won the Lionel Gelber Award and the Gordon Montador Award; The Russian Album, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award; and Scar Tissue, which was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. Ignatieff is currently a Member of Parliament and was most recently involved in the Liberal Party leadership race.
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