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 in Literature

Human rights in literature
Elizabeth S.Anker

Throughout modern history, literature has been vital to cultivating respect for human rights and the many values tied to their norms. Indeed, it is hard to conceive of a culture of human rights that is not grounded in forms of artistic and creative production, whether film and drama, visual art, poetry, music or fictional and non-fictional narrative literature. Indeed, any persuasive account of the ‘human’ is necessarily produced by the stories that we tell – both about our individual selves and our larger cultural and social networks. Precisely due to its imaginative capacities, art performs vital work in helping to instil the many values and expectations that lie at the heart of a culture's robust respect for ...

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