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An early review for The Human Rights Culture . . .

Reams of books and articles have been written about human rights, but The Human Rights Culture is unique. It is the first comprehensive, sociological study of human rights in the contemporary period. With his characteristic erudition and graceful style, Lawrence Friedman addresses all the central topics: women’s rights, minority rights, privacy, social rights, cultural rights, the role of courts, whether human rights are universal, and much more. This surprisingly compact book presents a balanced discussion of each issue, filled with fascinating details and examples. Friedman’s core argument is that the recent rise of human rights discourse around the globe is the product of modernity — in particular the spread of the cultural belief that people are unique individuals entitled to respect and the opportunity to flourish. This terrific book will be informative not only to human rights experts and practitioners but also to people who wish to read a clear and sophisticated introduction to the field.”

Brian Z. Tamanaha

Professor of Law

Washington University


A Study in History
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