The SAGE Handbook of Human Rights will comprise a two volume set consisting of more than 50 original chapters that clarify and analyze human rights issues of both contemporary and future importance. The Handbook will take an inter-disciplinary approach, combining work in such traditional fields as law, political science and philosophy with such non-traditional subjects as climate change, demography, economics, geography, urban studies, mass communication, and business and marketing. In addition, one of the aspects of mainstreaming is the manner in which human rights has come to play a prominent role in popular culture, and there will be a section on human rights in art, film, music and literature.

Not only will the Handbook provide a state of the art analysis of the discipline that addresses the history and development of human rights standards and its movements, mechanisms and institutions, but it will seek to go beyond this and produce a book that will help lead to prospective thinking.

Human Rights Measurement

Human rights measurement


In the 1980s, human rights research experienced an innovation – many would say a revolution – through the use of statistical analysis (Carleton and Stohl, 1985; Cingranelli and Pasquarello, 1985; Claude and Jabine, 1986; Schoultz, 1981a, b; Stohl et al., 1984). At a time when quantitative studies on human rights issues were rare, due to the dearth of human rights indicators, and the use of statistical methods of inquiry were still relatively uncommon in political science, a few scholars ventured to measure, enumerate and gauge human rights conditions. Professional statistical organizations, the American Statistical Association (ASA), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the European Working Group on Statisticians and Human Rights, applied their knowledge to the ...

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