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Civil Religion, Human Rights and International Relations: Connecting People Across Cultures and Traditions

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Edited by: Helle Porsdam

ISBN13: 9781781000519
Published: February 2012
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £75.00



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This ground breaking book discusses whether human rights can be forged into a common set of transcendent principles against which actions of every nation can be judged and whether such a common understanding, or civil religion, could one day become a vehicle for global peace. Eminent international scholars from political science, international relations, human rights and civil religion argue both sides of this debate.

In the first section the theoretical issues relating to why human rights have come about and whether they should be fought for are discussed. Part two focuses on the reality of actions brought about by human rights ideas with illuminating case studies showing that human rights ideas and practice are generated from both the bottom up and top down by individual actors and institutions. The unique book will be of great interest to scholars in the field of history, human rights, international relations and political science in general.

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Subjects:
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Contents:
1. Introduction Helle Porsdam

PART I: THE THEORETICAL ISSUES
2. Human Rights: A Possible Civil Religion? Helle Porsdam
3. A Civil Religion on Human Rights? Paul Kahn
4. Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism Joel Rosenthal
5. Rights, Religion, Security: A Christian Realist Perspective Vibeke Schou Tjalve

PART II: HUMAN RIGHTS IN PRACTICE
6. Faith and Empire: American Missionaries, Humanitarianism, and the Spread of Human Rights Andrew Preston
7. The United States and Global Human Rights Imagination of the 1940s Mark Philip Bradley
8. Human Rights and Dag Hammarskjold Bruce Kuklick
9. Human Rights as Lived Experience: Kinship, Fictive Kinship, and Human Rights Among Trans-national Migrants Jay Winter
10. Hard Secularism as Intolerant Civil Religion: Denmark and the Cartoon Case Toger Seidenfaden

Index