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Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach (2nd Edition)

Freeman, M (2011) Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach (2nd Edition). Polity.

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Abstract

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?

Item Type: Book
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2012 11:02
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 01:17
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/4161

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