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Rights for Others: The Slow Home-Coming of Human Rights in the Netherlands

ISBN13: 9781107041837
Published: November 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £65.00

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Rights for Others is an empirical study of what happens when international human rights are applied domestically in The Netherlands. It tracks recent debates in Dutch society on citizenship and the rights of immigrants, and analyses the shift from the perception of human rights as a 'foreign policy concern' to the slow processes of homecoming in what has traditionally been a left-wing society, but now includes many more right-wing political parties. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, Oomen combines insights from law, sociology and anthropology to explain how rights gain significance in framing social and political discussions. The book provides comprehensive coverage on relevant constitutional law, legal culture and rights realization as well as discussing case material on human rights education, polarization, socio-economic rights, domestic violence and the rights of minorities. This is an invaluable contribution to the global fields of human rights and socio-legal studies for scholars and researchers.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties, European Jurisdictions
1. Introduction: the rights for others
2. Internationalism as a constitutional identity
3. Rights-free citizenship
4. The struggle over human rights education
5. A very un-Dutch case?
6. Dealing with domestic violence the Dutch way
7. Giving effect to social rights
8. The rights of the reformed
9. Conclusion: the contested homecoming of human rights.