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 International Sports

Human Rights in International Sports

Human rights in international sports


Sports, whether mere individual physical exercise, simple competitive games or national/international competition, have been part of human activity since recorded time. The Olympic Games, after all, began in Ancient Greece. The American theologian Michael Novak wrote that ‘[s]ports is, somehow, a religion’ (Novak, 1976: xi). He added in his description of moments of epiphany in the American sports of baseball, football and basketball that ‘[s]ports are bursts of dust, squeaky wood, infield grass, collisions at second base, an explosive tackle – they are vivid, concrete, swift, and fun’ (Novak, 1976: xvi).

But is that all? Besides the ‘fun’ aspect, sports can also be looked at through the prisms of business –big business, with the organization of the ...

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