The Human Rights Culture: A Study in History and Context

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Lawrence M. Friedman's compelling book explores the sheer phenomenon of a near-global arc favoring the idea, and sometimes even the practice, of human rights. Not the usual legal or philosophical examination of rights, this book instead asks: Why is it -- as a social and historical matter -- that rights discourse is so prevalent and compelling to the current world? 

"Reams of books and articles have been written about human rights, but THE HUMAN RIGHTS CULTURE is unique. It is the first comprehensive, sociological study of human rights in the contemporary period. With his characteristic erudition and graceful style, Lawrence Friedman addresses all the central topics: women's rights, minority rights, privacy, social rights, cultural rights, the role of courts, whether human rights are universal, and much more. This surprisingly compact book presents a balanced discussion of each issue, filled with fascinating details and examples. Friedman's core argument is that the recent rise of human rights discourse around the globe is the product of modernity--in particular the spread of the cultural belief that people are unique individuals entitled to respect and the opportunity to flourish. This terrific book will be informative not only to human rights experts and practitioners but also to people who wish to read a clear and sophisticated introduction to the field."
-- Brian Z. Tamanaha, Professor of Law, Washington University 

Quality ebook formatting from Quid Pro Books features active Contents, linked footnotes, linked textual cross-references, and active URLs in references. Professor Friedman's insightful book joins Quid Pro's Contemporary Society Series.

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About the author

Lawrence M. Friedman is a senior professor of law and legal history at Stanford Law School.

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Publisher
Quid Pro Books
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Published on
Dec 31, 2011
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Pages
202
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ISBN
9781610270731
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Language
English
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Genres
Law / Civil Rights
Law / Gender & the Law
Political Science / Human Rights
Political Science / Security (National & International)
Social Science / Sociology / General
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