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.

Migration, Refugees, Asylum and Uprooted Peoples' Rights

Migration, Refugees, Asylum and Uprooted Peoples' Rights

Migration, refugees, asylum and uprooted peoples' rights


During and after World War II, millions of individuals became refugees or displaced persons because of oppression, persecution, torture, violence against civilians and other dire effects of the war. These individuals fled to places that would offer them less fear and more security. Such practice stemmed back to the customs of ancient Greece and Egypt where it was believed that a person who sought safety in a holy place could not be harmed without inviting divine consequences. Thus, the concept of a refugee can be traced back to ancient times. Biblical records show that the Israelites were forced to leave Egypt. In the fifteenth century, Muslims and Jews were expelled from Spain, ...

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