Human Rights and Memory

Paperback | May 22, 2014

byDaniel Levy, Natan Sznaider

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Memories of historical events like the Holocaust have played a key role in the internationalization of human rights. Their importance lies in their ability to bridge the universal and the particular—the universality of human values and the particularity of memories rooted in local human experiences. In Human Rights and Memory, Levy and Sznaider trace the growth of human rights discourse since World War II and interpret its deployment of memories as a new form of cosmopolitanism, exemplifying a dynamic through which global concerns become part of local experiences, and vice versa.

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Memories of historical events like the Holocaust have played a key role in the internationalization of human rights. Their importance lies in their ability to bridge the universal and the particular—the universality of human values and the particularity of memories rooted in local human experiences. In Human Rights and Memory, Levy and...

Daniel Levy is Associate Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University.Natan Sznaider is Professor of Sociology in the School of Behavioral Sciences at the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo, Israel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.55 × 5.65 × 0.47 inPublished:May 22, 2014Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271037202

ISBN - 13:9780271037202

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Contents

Acknowledgments

1. The Ubiquity of Human Rights in a Cosmopolitan Age

2. Sociology and Human Rights

3. Sovereignty and Human Rights: The Hobbesian Challenge

4. International Law and the Formation of Nation-States

5. From Minority to Human: The Changing Face of Rights

6. The Cold War Period: More Than One Universalism 7. The Post–Cold War Period: Globalization and the Cosmopolitan Turn

8. Human Rights and the Clash of Memories: The Politics of Forgiveness

9 East Meets West: Europe and Its Others

10. A Sociology of Human Rights and Sovereignty After 9/11

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“[Human Rights and Memory] raises new questions and should motivate rich lines of future empirical inquiry. I highly recommend it to scholars and graduate students in sociology, philosophy, law, political science, and history, to all who share an interest in memory and human rights.”

—Joachim J. Savelsberg, Memory Studies