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.

People's Power and Participation

People's Power and Participation

People's power and participation


Since the 2011 dramatic protests in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the rising demands of people for change, economic security and social justice have led to the collapse of several governments in the Arab world and are likely to bring about political change in the rest of the region. It remains to be seen whether these changes will lead to long-term reforms given the vast uncertainties surrounding democratic transitions. What is evident, however, is that these uprisings have been organized and instigated by ‘non-violent’, secular and disaggregated rights-based activist movements, with people seeking concrete responses to their demands for freedom and dignity. Human rights have increasingly become a relevant frame for many discourses and debates in ...

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