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Debating Rights Inflation in Canada - A Sociology of Human Rights

Debating Rights Inflation in Canada

A Sociology of Human Rights

By Dominique Clément
Subjects Law, Social Science, Sociology, Political Science, Social Policy
Series Canadian Commentaries Hide Details
Paperback : 9781771122443, 200 pages, September 2018

Table of contents

Table of Contents

Rights Inflation in Canada – Dominique Clément

Commentary: The Right Investment in Rights – Nathalie DesRosiers

Commentary: Too Many Rights? – Pearl Eliadis

Commentary: Liberalism, Social Democracy, and Human Rights – Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann

Commentary: Historical Contingency and Human Rights Pluralism – Gert Verschraegen





Human rights has become the dominant vernacular for framing social problems around the world. In this book, Dominique Clément presents a paradox in politics, law, and social practice: he argues that whereas framing grievances as human rights violations has become an effective strategy, the increasing appropriation of rights-talk to frame any and all grievances undermines attempts to address systemic social problems. His argument is followed by commentator response from several leading human rights scholars and practitioners in Canada and abroad who bridge the divide between academia, public policy, and practice.