Human Rights: An Introduction

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Routledge, Jun 6, 2014 - Political Science - 460 pages
Human Rights: An Introduction is an important text that provides a comprehensive overview of human rights and related issues from a social science perspective.

First, this book does more than discuss theory, it uses case studies and personal testimonies in the debate. Human rights as an area of academic interest cannot be easily divorced from human rights struggles and the reality of contemporary conditions.

Second, the book is aimed at what is an emerging and growing cross-disciplinary field of study. Human rights issues are increasingly coming to the fore in a number of academic debates. Whereas the study of human rights has traditionally been included in departments of law, international relations and philosophy, a number of courses are now being set up in departments of sociology and anthropology. Consequently, there is an increasing need to bring these disparate approaches together.
 

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Contents

Foreword
The scope of human rights research
Notes
Theorising human rights What are human rights? A briefhistory ofhuman rights theory
Are human rights subjective?
Further information
Human rights and the
Human rights andsocial movements human rights regulation Further The state and information CHAPTER THREE Censorship
Apartheid caste and social stratification
Pornographyand obscenity
Race citizenship andslavery
Genocide
CHAPTER FOUR
What isgenocide?
What isarefugee?
Refugeesandthemedia

Censorship and democracy
Political prisoners
CHAPTER FIVE
The theoretical discourse on torture
The trade in torture equipment
Execution methods
Understanding the death penalty
Apartheid
Conclusion
Children and human rights
Business and human rights
Essay questions
Universal Declaration ofHuman
Name
index
Acts

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