Handbook of human rights /

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Imprint:Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, c2012.
Description:xxiii, 744 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Series:Routledge international handbooks
Routledge international handbooks.
Subject:Human rights -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Human rights.
Handbooks and manuals.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/8515748
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Other authors / contributors:Cushman, Thomas, 1959- ed.
ISBN:9780415480239 (hardback)
041548023X (hardback)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:"In mapping out the field of human rights for those studying and researching within both humanities and social science disciplines, the Handbook of Human Rights provides not only a solid foundation for the reader who wants to learn the basic parameters of the field, but also promotes new thinking and frameworks for the study of human rights in the twenty-first century. The Handbook comprises of nearly sixty individual contributions from key figures around the world, which are grouped according to eight key areas of discussion: - foundations and critiques - new frameworks for understanding human rights - world religious traditions and human rights - social, economic, group and collective rights - critical perspectives on human rights organizations, institutions, and practices - law and human rights - narrative and aesthetic dimension of rights - geographies of rights In its presentation and analysis of the traditional core history and topics, critical perspectives, human rights culture, and current practice, this Handbook proves a valuable resource for all students and researchers with an interest in human rights"--Provided by publisher.
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According to Cushman (Wellesley College), the book's editor, this large, multidisciplinary handbook is designed "to reconfigure and redefine" the field of human rights, rather than to reflect its prevailing theories, doctrines, and issues. The 61 chapters are organized around eight major human rights themes, including theoretical foundations, new approaches, world religions, alternative types, and law. Although a majority of the essays are by professors of law, politics, philosophy, and sociology, the book also includes chapters by scholars from such disciplines as anthropology, economics, foreign languages, psychology, and religion. The result is a wide-ranging theoretical exploration of alternative ways to conceive of human rights as well as how to respond to some of the major challenges in the theory and application of such rights. Given the theoretical, forward-looking nature of the handbook, the study will be of chief interest to scholars. It will have less appeal to lawyers, government officials, and policy makers responsible for advancing human rights. Recommended for large academic libraries. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate and research collections. M. Amstutz Wheaton College

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