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Universal Rights Down to Earth


Συγγραφέας: Ford Richard Thompson
Εκδότης: WW Norton & Co
ISBN: 9780393343397
Σειρά βιβλίου: Norton Global Ethics Series 0
Αριθμός Σελίδων: 160
Διαστάσεις: 21x1x14
Έτος Έκδοσης: 2012

Σύνοψη του βιβλίου "Universal Rights Down to Earth"

The idea of universal rights-rights shared by all citizens, regardless of nationality, creed, wealth, or geography-has a powerful grip on the way many people feel about justice and global politics. No one should be subjected to torture or disappearance, to starvation or sex trafficking, to economic exploitation or biased treatment under the law. But when it comes to actually enforcing these rights, the results rarely resemble the ideal. In Universal Rights Down to Earth, acclaimed author and legal expert Richard Thompson Ford reveals how attempts to apply "universal" human rights principles to specific cultures can hinder humanitarian causes and sometimes even worsen conditions for citizens. In certain regions, human rights ideals clash with the limits of institutional capabilities or civic culture; elsewhere, rights enforcement leads to further human rights violations. And in some countries, offending regimes use human rights commitments to distract attention from or justify their other abuses. Ford explores how our haste to identify every ideal as a universal right devalues rights as a whole, so that even the most important protections-such as that against torture-become negotiable. In clear, persuasive prose, Ford explores cases ranging from food distribution to the poor in India to sex work in Japan, illustrating how a rights-based approach to these problems often impedes more effective measures-the pragmatic politics of cost weighing, compromise, and collective action. The bad news is that improving lives worldwide isn't as easy as making a declaration. But the good news, as Universal Rights Down to Earth powerfully demonstrates, is that if we are clear-eyed and culturally aware, it can be done.


Συγγραφέας/εις: Ford Richard Thompson
Κατηγορία: πολιτική
Σειρά βιβλίου: Norton Global Ethics Series 0
ISBN: 9780393343397
Ημερ/νία έκδοσης: 03/12/2012
Εκδότης: WW Norton & Co
Εξώφυλλο: Paperback / softback
Σελίδες: 160
Τόπος έκδοσης: New York
Χώρα έκδοσης: United States
Βάρος βιβλίου: 134 gr
Διαστάσεις βιβλίου: 21x1x14 cm

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