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In the past, violations of human rights were commonly portrayed as atrocities perpetrated by tyrannical dictatorships. Today, the images of torture at Abu Ghraib gaol, and the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, put the lie to this assumption. State violations of human rights have a global reach. This new edition of Tony Evan's introduction to the politics of human rights examines the impact globalization is having on human rights worldwide. He argues that the states role in protecting and promoting rights has been severely weakened under globalization - and that the emerging global order may be a cause of many human rights violations. As the value of the market grows, the value of individual human rights decreases. Tony Evans departs from traditional interpretations of human rights by focusing on the political economy of human rights, rather than on the philosophical or legal aspects. He analyses how issues related to globalization, such as the environment, population movement patterns and free trade impact on individual human rights. Rejecting liberal assumptions about globalization, Evans argues that human rights continue to be determined by hierarchies of knowledge and power.

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Evans (global politics, U. of Southampton) does not delve into the rules and practices of international human rights protection, nor violations of human rights. Rather, he examines the interests associated with globalization and the part that the discourse of universal human rights plays in legitimating those interests. He does not argue that the power of human rights serves only the interests of the dispossessed, the marginalized, the persecuted, or the excluded. The first edition appeared in 2001. Distributed in the US by University of Michigan Press.
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Evans (global politics, U. of Southampton) does not delve into the rules and practices of international human rights protection, nor violations of human rights. Rather, he examines the interests associated with globalization and the part that the discourse of universal human rights plays in legitimating those interests. He does not argue that the power of human rights serves only the interests of the dispossessed, the marginalized, the persecuted, or the excluded. The first edition appeared in 2001. Distributed in the US by University of Michigan Press. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A new edition of this popular introduction to the politics of human rights.

Synopsis:

This is a new edition of this popular introduction to the politics of human rights.Tony Evans argues that the state's central role in protecting and promoting rights has been severely weakened under globalization and that as a consequence human rights are becoming less attainable.

As the value of the market grows, the value of individual human rights decreases. The author departs from traditional interpretations of human rights by focusing on the political economy of human rights rather than on the philosophical or legal aspects. He analyses how issues related to globalization, such as the environment, population movement patterns and free trade impact on individual human rights. In conclusion, he argues that the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and other major treaties must be renegotiated to take globalization into account.

About the Author

Tony Evans is a Reader in Global Politics at the University of Southampton. His previous books include US Hegemony and the Project of Universal Human Rights (Macmillan, 1996) and Human Rights Fifty Years On: A Reappraisal (Manchester, 1998).

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 The Politics of Universal Human Rights
2 The Discourse of Universal Human Rights
3 International Human Rights Law and Global Politics
4 The Political Economy of Human Rights
5 Globalization, Democracy and Human Rights
6 The Promise of Global Community and Human Rights
Bibliography
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780745323732
Author:
Evans, Tony
Publisher:
Pluto Press (UK)
Subject:
Human Rights
Subject:
Globalization
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Political Advocacy
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Human Rights
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
2nd Edition
Series:
Human Security in the Global Economy
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.25 in

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This is a new edition of this popular introduction to the politics of human rights.Tony Evans argues that the state's central role in protecting and promoting rights has been severely weakened under globalization and that as a consequence human rights are becoming less attainable.

As the value of the market grows, the value of individual human rights decreases. The author departs from traditional interpretations of human rights by focusing on the political economy of human rights rather than on the philosophical or legal aspects. He analyses how issues related to globalization, such as the environment, population movement patterns and free trade impact on individual human rights. In conclusion, he argues that the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and other major treaties must be renegotiated to take globalization into account.

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