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 Celebrities

Human Rights and Celebrities

Human rights and celebrities


‘When a celebrity talks, people listen; there is no better messenger.’ (Maria Zanca, UNICEF's head of celebrity relations, quoted in Ford and Goodale, 2005: 2)

Celebrities are increasingly opening their eyes to human rights issues, and are using their fame and the medium they work within to speak out on specific causes and for particular interests with a view to influencing political outcomes (Street, 2004: 438). More and more celebrities around the world are seen travelling to Africa campaigning for human rights or speaking on behalf of the United Nations (the UN). The most apparent example is Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie acting as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (the UNHCR).

Whilst celebrities can help ...

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