Rethinking Human Rights for the New Millennium

  • Authors
  • A.¬†Belden¬†Fields

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. A. Belden Fields
    Pages 1-5
  3. A. Belden Fields
    Pages 73-99
  4. A. Belden Fields
    Pages 101-132
  5. A. Belden Fields
    Pages 133-152
  6. A. Belden Fields
    Pages 153-173
  7. A. Belden Fields
    Pages 203-206
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 207-260

About this book


This book invites people to think more deeply about human rights in an attempt to overcome many of the traditional arguments in the human rights literature. Belden Fields argues that human rights should be reconceptualized to combine philosophical, historical, and empirical-practical dimensions. The best way to understand human rights is not as a set of universal abstractions but rather as a set of past and ongoing social practices rooted in the claims and struggles of peoples against what they consider to be political, economic, or social domination. Fields aptly shows how a people's fight for recognition is often closely tied to rights claims and that these connections to identify can help bridge the gulf between universalistic and cultural relativistic arguments in the human rights debate.


Abstract cognition economy human rights political economy state

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