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Vol 23 No 2 Feb/March 2018

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Environmental Human Rights

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Jan HancockLecturer in International Relations and Global Politics, Birkbeck College, University of London

ISBN13: 9780754619864
ISBN: 0754619869
Published: April 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This text redefines the political, ethical and legal relationships between the environment and human rights. Through a focus on the operational dynamics of social power, it details how global capitalism subjugates concerns of human security and environmental protection to the values of allocative efficiency and economic growth.;The capacity of social power to construct ethical norms and to determine the efficacy of law is examined to explain how ethical and legal concepts have been selectively applied to accommodate existing patterns of production, consumption and exchange that cause environmental degradation and human rights violations. By looking at how environmental values have been systematically excluded from the human rights discourse, the book claims that human rights politics and law has been constructed on double standards to accommodate the destructive forces of capitalism.

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Rationality, epistemology and environmental human rights; Structural power and environmental human rights; Social demands for environmental human rights; The formal response to environmental human rights claims; The human right to an environment free from toxic pollution; The human right to natural resources.