Social Rights and the Politics of Obligation in History

By Jensen, Steven L. B., Walton, Charles

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This pioneering volume explores the long-neglected history of social rights, from the Middle Ages to the present. It debunks the myth that social rights are 'second-generation rights' - rights that appeared after World War II as additions to a rights corpus stretching back to the Enlightenment. Not only do social rights stretch back that far; they arguably pre-date the Enlightenment. In tracing their long history across various global contexts, this volume reveals how debates over social rights have often turned on deeper struggles over social obligation - over determining who owes what to whom, morally and legally. In the modern period, these struggles have been intertwined with questions of freedom, democracy, equality and dignity. Many factors have shaped the history of social rights, from class, gender and race to religion, empire and capitalism. With incomparable chronological depth, geographical breadth and conceptual nuance, Social Rights and the Politics of Obligation in History sets an agenda for future histories of human rights.

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EAN

9781009020664

Format

ebook

Author

Jensen, Steven L. B.,Walton, Charles

Category

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Series

Human Rights in History

Language

eng

Imprint

Cambridge University Press

Published Date

2022-01-06

Published Country

GB

EAN 9781009020664
Format Ebook
Author Jensen, Steven L. B.,Walton, Charles
Category
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series Human Rights in History
Language eng
Imprint Cambridge University Press
Published Date 2022-01-06
Published Country GB

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