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date: 15 April 2024

p. 36117. Theory in Practice: Making Human Rights Claims in a Human Rights Waylocked

p. 36117. Theory in Practice: Making Human Rights Claims in a Human Rights Waylocked

  • Brooke Ackerly

Abstract

This chapter explores the material bases of struggles for human rights that helped shape human rights norms. It highlights the importance of context to illustrate how human rights have been violated. Arguments on human rights politics typically revolve around the notion of cultural relativism and universalism. Cultural relativism refers to the ethics developed within a particular social context; thus, there could be no moral or ethical framework that could apply in all contexts. The chapter lists some human rights struggles, such as the activism of a labour rights organization, rights as entitlements, and making a rights claim. It suggests how public discussion can bring change if there is a transformation in power inequalities, which is often necessary to have aforementioned public discussions.

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