The Future of Human Rights

Paperback | June 15, 2012

byUpendra Baxi

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This book critically examines the contemporary discourses on the nature of "human rights", their histories, the myths that are embedded in them, and contributes an alternative reading of those histories by placing the concerns and interests of the 'people in struggle and communities ofresistance' at centre stage. The work analyses the significance of the UN and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and goes on to study the more contemporary issues such as women's struggle to feminize the understanding and practice of human rights, the post-modernist critique of the universal idiom of human rights and,most pertinently for the current world scene, it analyzes the impact of globalization on the human rights movement. The volume includes a discussion on the proposed United Nations norms regarding the human rights responsibilities of multinational corporations and other business entities. This edition further addresses the diversity in labouring practices that relate to making, remaking, and unmaking of internationally agreed upon human rights norms and standards.

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This book critically examines the contemporary discourses on the nature of "human rights", their histories, the myths that are embedded in them, and contributes an alternative reading of those histories by placing the concerns and interests of the 'people in struggle and communities ofresistance' at centre stage. ...

Upendra Baxi is an internationally renowned scholar of constitutional law. He is Emeritus Professor at the University of Warwick.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pagesPublished:June 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019808496X

ISBN - 13:9780198084969

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Preface to the third editionPreface to the second editionAcknowledgmentsList of Abbreviations1. An Age of Human Rights?2. Two Notions of Human Rights: 'Modern' and 'Contemporary'3. The Practices of 'Contemporary' Human Rights Activism4. Too Many or too Few Human Rights5. Critiquing Rights: Politics of Identity and Difference6. What is Living or Dead in Relativism?7. Human Rights Movements and Human Rights Markets8. The Emergence of an Alternate Paradigm of Human Rights9. Market Fundamentalisms: Business Ethics at the Alter of Human RightsBibliographyAuthor IndexTheme Index