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Human Rights: New Perspectives, New Realities

Adamantia Pollis and Peter Schwab, editors
Human Rights: New Perspectives, New Realities
ISBN: 978-1-55587-944-0
ISBN: 978-1-55587-979-2
2000/264 pages/LC: 00-031091
"Recommended for all levels."—Choice


This original collection reflects nearly two decades of developments in human rights scholarship, revisiting the debate between universalists and cultural relativists and also engaging new notions of "third generation" rights.

The book begins with an analytical framework that encompasses changing perspectives on human rights and informs the chapters that follow. The case studies then address specific human rights issues both globally and in particular regions and countries. The final chapter considers the impact, negative and positive, of globalization on human rights, as well as the effect that human rights doctrines and practices may have on the processes of globalization.


The late Adamantia Pollis was professor of political science at New School University. Peter Schwab is professor of political science at Purchase College, State University of New York. They previously coedited two seminal collections on human rights, Human Rights: Cultural and Ideological Perspectives(1979) and Toward a Human Rights Framework(1982).


  • Introduction—A. Pollis and P. Schwab.
  • A New Universalism—A. Pollis.
  • Liberal Democracy and Minority Rights—M. Freeman.
  • Peasant Justice and Respect for Human Rights: Peru—J.S. Gitlitz.
  • Women's Rights in Islam: Revisiting Qura`nic Rights—Z.F. Arat.
  • Human Environmental Rights—B.R. Johnston.
  • Political Community and Human Rights in Postcommunist Russia—P. Juviler.
  • Human Rights, Political Values, and Development in East Asia—M.C. Davis.
  • The Consolidation of Democracy and Human Rights in Latin America—J.E. Méndez and J. Mariezcurrena.
  • How International Human Rights Law Affects Domestic Law—R.S. Clark.
  • Globalization's Impact on Human Rights—P. Schwab and A. Pollis.
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