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Human Rights Literacies

Future Directions

  • Cornelia Roux
  • Anne Becker


  • Analyzes why and how human rights education in many faceted and complex societies seems to lose the deep rooted aim of human rights

  • Highlights the new directions and scholarly thoughts on basic human rights education programmes

  • Presents empirical research (survey) from developed and developing democracies


Part of the Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Rights book series (CHREN, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Setting the Scene

  3. Possibilities and Probabilities

  4. Unpacking Future Directions: Critiques and Conversations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Anne Becker, Cornelia Roux
      Pages 277-300

About this book


This book adds impetus to the nexus between human rights, human rights education and material reality. The dissonance between these aspects is of growing concern for most human rights educators in various social contexts. The first part of the book opens up new discourses and presents new ontologies and epistemologies from scholars in human rights, human rights education and human rights literacies to critique and/or justify the understandings of human rights’ complex applications. Today’s rapidly changing social contexts and new languages attempting to understand ongoing dehumanization and violations, put enormous pressure on higher education, educators, individuals working in social sciences, policy makers and scholars engaged in curricula making.
The second part demonstrates how global interactions between citizens from different countries with diverse understandings of human rights (from developed and developing democracies) question the link between human rights and it’s in(ex)clusive Western philosophies. Continuing inhumane actions around the globe reflect the failure of human rights law and human rights education in schools, higher education and society at large. The book shows that human rights education is no longer a blueprint for understanding human rights and its universal or contextual values presented for multicomplexial societies. The final chapters argue for new ontologies and epistemologies of human rights, human rights education and human rights literacies to open-up difficult conversations and to give space to dissonant and disruptive discourses. The many opportunities for human rights education and literacies lies in these conversations.


Human rights education Decolonization Sectarian violence Posthumanism Dehumanization

Editors and affiliations

  • Cornelia Roux
    • 1
  • Anne Becker
    • 2
  1. 1.Curriculum StudiesStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa
  2. 2.Curriculum StudiesStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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