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.

Pleading for a New History of Human Rights

Pleading for a New History of Human Rights

Pleading for a new history of human rights


In his overview on new approaches to the young historic discipline that is the historiography of human rights, Samuel Moyn states that this is a continuously growing field of research that emerged only in the last decade (Moyn, 2010a, 2010b, 2012: 544, 2014). One could argue about the radicalness of this statement in the light of the important contributions to the history of human rights that have been made in recent decades (see for example Boroumond, 1999; Morsink, 1999; Fauré, 1997; Schmale, 1997).1 Nevertheless, Moyn's emphasis that we have passed on to a new stage in dealing with historical aspects of human rights is worth to be considered.

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