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The Global Struggle for Human Rights, 2nd Edition

  • Debra L. DeLaet Drake University
  • ISBN-10: 1285462602  |  ISBN-13: 9781285462608
  • 264 Pages
  • © 2015 | Published
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THE GLOBAL STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS combines uniquely strong coverage of human rights in relation to gender equity, feminist perspectives, and sexual orientation with the theme of a universal perspective on human rights that is sensitive to cultural differences and diversity among and within nations. The book is also comprehensive and accessible in its discussion of human rights law and the question of whether human rights are universal. DeLaet also addresses the tension between state sovereignty and human rights, genocide, economic rights, and various concepts of justice as they relate to the promotion of fundamental human rights.

Features and Benefits

  • The book is unique in its attention to gender equity, feminist perspectives, and sexual orientation discrimination. The author brings these issues to the center of the analysis precisely because they are highly controversial and clearly illustrate the political, social, and cultural obstacles to achieving international consensus on human rights norms.
  • The unique framework clearly and explicitly emphasizes the gap between rhetoric (ambitious, idealistic language) and reality (political obstacles to implementation), showing instead that the reality of global struggle for human rights is an inherently political process. This serves as an effective tool for teaching students about human rights as well as the nature of world politics.
  • The organization is both logical and accessible to students: Part I: Human Rights in Theory and Law; Part II: Human Rights in Practice; Part III Human Rights and the Quest for Justice (addressing implementation issues).
  • A comprehensive set of provocative discussion questions appear at the end of each chapter along with web resources.

Table of Contents

1. The Contested Meaning of Human Rights.
2. The Development of International Human Rights Law.
3. Are Human Rights Universal?
4. Civil and Political Rights in a World of Sovereign States.
5. Collective Rights in a World of Sovereign States.
6. Economic and Social Rights in a World of Sovereign States.
7. Gender Equality and Human Rights.
8. Promoting Human Rights from the Top Down.
9. Punitive Justice and Human Rights.
10. Restorative Justice and Human Rights.
11. Promoting Human Rights from the Bottom Up.

What's New

  • Chapter 1 includes an updated explanation of the Marxist perspective on human rights.
  • Chapter 2 has a new discussion on the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine.
  • Chapter 3 delves deeper into the feminist perspectives on universalism and relativism, exploring more recent scholarly arguments regarding the utility of law as a mechanism for advancing universal rights. It also has a newly revised case study on genital cutting and discussion of the AAA statement on HR and cultural relativism.
  • Chapter 4 shows significant revisions to the case study on state responses to national security as well as updated information on Israeli responses to national security threats and information regarding the U.S. "war on terror" and immigration policies.
  • Chapter 5 has an updated discussion of Kosovo, Chechnya, Darfur, East Timor, and South Sudan to reflect recent developments.
  • Chapter 6 is updated with new statistics regarding global poverty and US healthcare policy, an expanded discussion of Human Development Index, new information on the Millennium Development Campaign.
  • Chapter 7 includes a movement from "sexual equality" to "gender equality" throughout the chapter to reflect the chapter's focus on the importance of socially constructed gender norms, behaviors, and identities. A new discussion has been added on intersex children and violence against sexual minorities.
  • Chapter 8 has a new clarification on the top down/bottom up governance and the UN's physical organization. New and updated discussions include topics like: Syria, the Human Rights Council, and the African human rights system.
  • Chapter 9 has updated information regarding the progress of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia as well as an added section on hybrid courts. Chapter 9 has also been updated to include information on the International Criminal Court and the prosecution of human rights violations in domestic courts.
  • Chapter 10 has updated information regarding unofficial truth projects, truth commissions, reparations, and apologies.
  • Chapter 11 includes added information on celebrity activism, the Occupy movement, the democratic revolution in Egypt, and Libyan revolution. Also, Chapter 11 includes a new discussion of human rights challenges associated with the manufacturing iPhones, iPads, and other electronic products despite voluntary codes of conduct.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Debra L. DeLaet

Debra L. DeLaet is a Professor of Politics and International Relations at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa where she teaches courses on human rights, global health, the United Nations, international law, and gender & world politics. Her major research interests are in the area of human rights, global health, and gender issues in world politics. She is the author of U.S. Immigration Policy in an Age of Rights (Praeger 2000) and (co-authored with David E. DeLaet) Global Health in the 21st Century: the Globalization of Disease and Wellness (Paradigm Publishers, 2012). In addition to these books, she has published numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, including gay marriage as a religious right, justice for children born of war, and sexual orientation discrimination in international human rights law.