1st Edition

Handbook of Human Rights

Edited By Thomas Cushman Copyright 2012
    768 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    768 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 not only provides 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 over 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.

    Introduction, Thomas Cushman  Part 1: Foundations and Critiques  1. Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights, Andrew Fagan  2. The Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Rights, Edward Feser  3. Kant’s Theory of Human Rights, Luigi Caranti  4. Hate Speech, Human Rights, and G. W. F Hegel, Richard Mullender  5. Hannah Arendt on Human Rights, Roger Berkowitz  6. Democracy as Human Rights, Michael Goodhart 7. Human Rights, Justice and Pluralism, Fabrizio Sciacca 8. Human Rights and Democracy, Luigi Caranti 9. Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights, Robert Fine  10. A Critique of Positive Rights, Tibor R. Machan  11. Nonsense on Stilts, Roger Scruton  12. Communitarian Critique of Human Rights, Amitai Etzioni  Part 2: New Frameworks for Understanding Human Rights  13. What Are Human Rights? Four Schools of Thought, Marie-Benedicte Dembour  14. Social Suffering and Human Rights, Iain Wilkinson  15. Human Rights as Cultural Practices, Fuyuki Kurasawa  16. Human Rights as Status Relations: A Sociological Approach to Understanding Human Rights, Murray Milner, Jr.  17. Becoming Irrelevant: The Curious History of Anthropology and Human Rights, Mark Goodale  18. Economics and Human Rights, Lorenz Blume 19. Rights, Reform and Resources: Malthusian Reflections on Scarcity and Old Age, Bryan S. Turner  Part 3: World Religious Traditions and Human Rights  20. Buddhism and Human Rights, Damien Keown  21. Christianity and Human Rights, Esther D. Reed  22. Confucianism and Human Rights, Justin Tiwald  23. Islamic Conceptions of Human Rights, Irene Oh  24. A Non-Religious Basis for the Idea of Human Rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights as Overlapping Consensus, Ari Kohen  Part 4: Social, Economic, Group, and Collective Rights  25. Group Rights: A Defense, David Ingram  26. Economic Rights: Past, Present, and Future, Gerald J. Beyer  27. Language Rights: The Forgotten Dimension of Human Rights, Stephen May  28. Children's Rights, David Archard 29. The Development of International Child Law: The Definition of "The Child" and Implementation Mechanisms, Jenny Kuper  30. The Right to Food, Claire Apodaca  31. The Rights of Refugees, Hakan G. Sicakkan  32. The Rights of the Disabled, Doris Zames Fleischer  33. Fetal Rights, Jonathan B. Imber  34. The Human Rights of the Elderly, Frédéric Mégret  35. Environmental Human Rights, Richard P. Hiskes  36. Climate Change and Human Rights, Nancy Tuana  Part 5: Critical Perspectives on Human Rights Organizations, Institutions, and Practices  37. The Tension between Peace and Justice in the Age of Peace-Building, Henry F. Carey  38. Social Responsibility and Human Rights, Morton Winston  39. The Ethics of International Human Rights Non-Governmental Organizations, Daniel A. Bell  40. International Financial Institutions and Their Impacts on Human Rights: Current and Prospective Research, M. Rodwan Abouharb  41. Transnational Corporations and Human Rights, Elena Pariotti  42. Reparations for Human Rights Abuses, Ereshnee Naidu and John Torpey  43. Memory and Human Rights, Daniel Levy and Natan Sznaider  44. Truth Commissions and Human Rights, Margaret Urban Walker  45. The International Rights of Migrants, Raquel Aldana 46. The Humanitarian-Human Rights Nexus: A Global Culture Perspective, Joshua J. Yates  47. Bystanders to Human Rights Abuses: A Psychosocial Perspective, Irene Bruna Seu  48. The Proportionality Problem and Human Rights NGOs, Don A. Habibi  49. Jewish Non-Governmental Organizations, Michael Galchinsky  50. Have Human Rights Failed Humans? The Discord between Human Prosperity and Human Rights, Mirko Bagaric  Part 6: Law and Human Rights  51. International Law and Human Rights, Brian D. Lepard  52. The Prosecution of Human Rights Abuses, Dan Saxon  53. International Human Rights Law and the War on Terror, Robert J. Delahunty and John Yoo  Part 7: Narrative and Aesthetic Dimension of Rights  54. Cultures of Rescue and the Global Transit in Human Rights Narratives, Sidonie Smith  55. Literature and Human Rights, Kerry Bystrom  56. Theater and Human Rights, Florian Becker and Brenda Werth  57. Architecture and Human Rights, Graeme Bristol  58. Photography Without Borders, Ariella Azoulay  Part 8: Geographies of Rights  59. Human Rights in China as an Interdisciplinary Field: History, Current Debates, and New Approaches, Marina Svensson  60. Human Rights and Human Rights Violations in the Southern Cone, Luis Roniger and Mario Sznajder  61. Human Rights in the African State, Bonny Ibhawoh


    Thomas Cushman is Deffenbaugh de Hoyos Carlson Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College, USA. He is the Founding Editor and former Editor-in-Chief of Human Rights Review, and Founding Editor, former Editor-in-Chief, and Editor-at-Large for the Journal of Human Rights. He is a Faculty Associate of the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University and an Honorary Professor in the Social Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    '...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....Summing Up: Recommended.'
    -M. Amstutz, Wheaton College, in CHOICE, May 2012