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The Politics of Human Rights
The Quest for Dignity

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  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521614054

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  • Human rights is an important issue in contemporary politics, and the last few decades have also seen a remarkable increase in research and teaching on the subject. This book introduces students to the study of human rights and aims to build on their interest while simultaneously offering an alternative vision of the subject. Many texts focus on the theoretical and legal issues surrounding human rights. This book adopts a substantially different approach which uses empirical data derived from research on human rights by political scientists to illustrate the occurrence of different types of human rights violations across the world. The authors devote attention to rights as well as to responsibilities, neither of which stops at one country’s political borders. They also explore how to deal with repression and the aftermath of human rights violations, making students aware of the prospects for and realities of progress.

    • Focuses on real-word events to demonstrate applicability and encourage students to connect theory with practice
    • Each chapter provides a list of films and novels linked to the topics covered, providing a resource for instructors to engage students with the topic of human rights in a novel way
    • Discusses not just human rights violations, but how repression and its aftermath can be dealt with, making students aware of the ways progress can be made
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “This is the first true human rights textbook. It is comprehensive, has a consistent voice, and introduces students to quantitative approaches to the global, comparative study of human rights. Chapters conclude with suggestions for further reading, relevant websites and films – all with valuable annotations by the authors.”
    – David Cingranelli, Binghamton University, SUNY

    “Carey, Gibney and Poe explain clearly and accessibly how human rights work, grounding their argument solidly in empirical research. This book provides a valuable resource for readers seeking to deepen their understanding of this crucially important subject.”
    – Michael Goodhart, University of Pittsburgh

    “The Politics of Human Rights is an innovative, challenging and truly social-scientific treatment of the topic. It is the full tour, from philosophical origins to the post-violation cleanup, replete with examples and, adding to its appeal, complete with an informed guide to relevant films.”
    – Neil J. Mitchell, University of Aberdeen

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521614054
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 2 maps 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Human Rights and State Responsibilities:
    1. The concept of human rights
    2. State responsibilities
    3. Rights with responsibilities
    Part II. Empirical Representations and Explanations of Human Rights Violations:
    4. Where are human rights violated?
    5. Why are human rights violated? An examination of personal integrity rights
    Part III. Intervening and Rebuilding in the Wake of Repression:
    6. Intervening to protect human rights
    7. Rebuilding society in the aftermath of repression
    8. Toward the future.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Comparative Politics of Human Rights
    • Contemporary International Human Rights
    • Contesting Injustice
    • Foundations in international relations
    • Genocide and the Politics of Violence
    • Global Issues; World Culture
    • Human Rights and Development
    • Human Rights and Justice
    • Human Rights and World Politics
    • Human Rights in a Violent World
    • Human Rights: Theories and Practices
    • International Justice and Human Rights
    • International Legal Transactions
    • International Politics of Human Rights
    • International Relations
    • Introduction to Human Rights
    • Philosophy of Human Rights
    • Politics
    • Politics of Human Rights
    • Searching for Justice: Human Rights
    • Seminar in Transnational Politics: Human Rights
    • Women's International Human Rights
  • Authors

    Sabine C. Carey, Universität Mannheim, Germany
    Sabine C. Carey is Associate Professor and Reader in Political Science in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham and the Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW) at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo.

    Mark Gibney, University of North Carolina, Asheville
    Mark Gibney is Belk Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.

    Steven C. Poe, University of North Texas
    Steven C. Poe was Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Texas.

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