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.

Social Change and Human Rights

Social change and human rights
Rhoda E.Howard-Hassmann


A relatively small percentage of the world's population has won the ‘birthright lottery’ (Shachar, 2009); they are the people who have the good fortune to have been born in countries where most people enjoy most of their human rights most of the time. They live in (most of) Europe, Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and some Latin American, Caribbean, Asian, and African countries. That some countries are able to protect most human rights most of the time is a result of long-term social change. Very complex interactions among citizen activism, political and legal arrangements, institutional development and economic arrangements produced these rights-protective societies. In the human rights literature, more attention is paid to ...

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