The Resource The politics of human rights, Andrew Vincent

The politics of human rights, Andrew Vincent

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The politics of human rights
Title
The politics of human rights
Statement of responsibility
Andrew Vincent
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Politics of Human Rights provides a systematic introductory overview of the nature and development of human rights. At the same time it offers an engaging argument about human rights and their relationship with politics. The author argues that human rights have only a slight relation to natural rights and they are historically novel: in large part they are a post-1945 reaction to genocide which is, in turn, linked directly to the lethal potentialities of the nation-state. He suggests that an understanding of human rights should nonetheless focus primarily on politics and that there are no universally agreed moral or religious standards to uphold them, they exist rather in the context of social recognition within a political association. A consequence of this is that the 1948 Universal Declaration is a political, not a legal or moral, document. Vincent goes on to show that human rights are essentially reliant upon the self-limitation capacity of the civil state. With the development of this state, certain standards of civil behaviour have become, for a sector of humanity, slowly and painfully more customary. He shows that these standards of civility have extended to a broader society of states. At their best human rights are an ideal civil state vocabulary. The author explains that we comprehend both our own humanity and human rights through our recognition relations with other humans, principally via citizenship of a civil state. Vincent concludes that the paradox of human rights is that they are upheld, to a degree, by the civil state, but the point of such rights is to protect against another dimension of this same tradition (the nation-state). Human rights are essentially part of a struggle at the core of the state tradition."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Vincent, Andrew
Index
index present
LC call number
JC571
LC item number
.V553 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Human rights
  • Human rights
  • Social contract
  • Droits de l'homme
  • Histoire
  • Droits civils
  • Citoyenneté
  • Human rights
  • Social contract
  • Droits de l'homme
  • Contrat social
Label
The politics of human rights, Andrew Vincent
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [245]-255) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Rights -- The context of rights -- The twilight of natural rights -- From genocide to human rights -- Structures of human rights -- The political dialectic of human rights -- Citizenship and human rights -- Conclusion
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 262 pages
Isbn
9780199238965
Lccn
2010923447
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)663773723
Label
The politics of human rights, Andrew Vincent
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [245]-255) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Rights -- The context of rights -- The twilight of natural rights -- From genocide to human rights -- Structures of human rights -- The political dialectic of human rights -- Citizenship and human rights -- Conclusion
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 262 pages
Isbn
9780199238965
Lccn
2010923447
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)663773723

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