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 and Art

Human Rights and Art

Human rights and art
Míchel AngelaMartinez and Alison DundesRenteln


As many types of advocates can promote human rights, it is important to recruit them from a wider array of disciplines, including those specializing in the humanities. In this chapter we focus on human rights and art. We consider selected types of art, with an emphasis on visual culture and a few salient examples that have a human rights or social justice agenda (see, for example, Batchen et al., 2012), as it is beyond the scope of this chapter to provide a comprehensive treatment of this subject. Furthermore, the art we examine is concerned mainly with the immense human suffering associated with genocide, torture and crimes against humanity.

Artistic representations of human tragedies have the ...

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