Human Rights as Cultural Globalisation: The Rise of Human Rights in Textbooks, 1890–2013

  • Patricia Bromley
  • Julia Lerch


Human rights education (HRE) is now a much-lauded component of education worldwide but this was not always the case. In this chapter we briefly review HRE’s rise to international prominence and how it evolved to become a facet of mainstream curricula and education. We then proceed to provide an overview of common theoretical and methodological approaches as well as central themes in academic scholarship on HRE, with particular emphasis on school textbooks. Towards the end of the chapter, we turn to an under-studied aspect of the HRE phenomenon and a promising area for future research, namely, why HRE has become so prevalent worldwide. To this end, we present new empirical evidence documenting the expansion of human rights discussions in textbooks around the world throughout the course of the twentieth century.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia Bromley
    • 1
  • Julia Lerch
    • 2
  1. 1.Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.University of California, IrvineIrvineUSA

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