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.

Inclusion Versus Exclusion

Inclusion versus exclusion

The human rights idea is premised on universal inclusion. This is evident in the notion of universality and inalienability that underpins the post-Second World War human rights movement and the International Bill of Rights – the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic and Social Rights (CESR) which all affirm the inherent dignity of all persons. The ICCPR specifically asserts that the equal and inalienable rights of ‘all members of the human family’ are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world (United Nations, 1966). Similarly, the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights in ...

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