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International Empirical Studies on Religion and Socioeconomic Human Rights

  • Hans-Georg Ziebertz

Part of the Religion and Human Rights book series (REHU, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Francis-Vincent Anthony, Francesco Zaccaria, Carl Sterkens
    Pages 63-100
  3. Alexander Unser, Sophie Zviadadze, Susanne Döhnert, Marina Shupac, Hans-Georg Ziebertz
    Pages 129-168
  4. Clement Fumbo, Modestus Adimekwe, Hans-Georg Ziebertz
    Pages 193-233
  5. Üzeyir Ok, Ayse Burcu Goren, Sidika Akbulut, Songul Dogru Getir
    Pages 277-298
  6. Raymond J. Webb, Fatma Jamal Asa’d, Carl Sterkens
    Pages 299-322
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 323-327

About this book


Socioeconomic rights include rights with regard to social security, labour and employment, as well as cultural rights which may be regarded as a shield for the protection of human dignity, especially of specific groups, such as women, children and refugees. The enforceability of socioeconomic rights clearly distinguishes them from other rights. These rights need, perhaps more than others, the support of civil society. Because states have leeway in how resources are distributed, civil society has a major impact on what resources are used to fulfil socio-economic rights. One of the actors in the public arena are religious traditions, respective Churches. Most of them have developed ethical standards for individual conduct and rules for living together in society based on their basic scriptures. All three monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, are marked by a caring engagement for the poor, the sick, the old and the foreign.

From an empirical perspective, the general research question of this volume is how young people understand and evaluate socioeconomic rights and to which degree religious convictions and practices are connected with attitudes towards these human rights. Can religion be identified as a force supporting the human rights regime and which additional concepts strengthen or weaken the consent to these rights? The richness of empirical data contributes to a better understanding how socioeconomic rights are legitimated in the opinion of more than 10.000 respondents in 14 countries. 


Religion and Socio-economic Rights Human Rights and Religion Religion and Labor Rights Religion and Women Rights Religion and Children Rights Religion and Economic Deprivation History of Socioeconomic Rights Religious Diversity Religion, Education and Youth Research Youth Rights in a Cross-national Comparative Research

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans-Georg Ziebertz
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of TheologyUniversity of WürzburgWürzburgGermany

About the editors

Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Ziebertz is Professor for Practical Theology, University of Würzburg, Germany. He is coordinator of the international research project “Religion and Human Rights”, many publications on these issues.

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