Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Dignity and Human Rights

Hoda Mahmoudi
University of Maryland, USA

Michael L. Penn
Franklin and Marshall College, USA

Product Details
18 Nov 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
192 pages - 152 x 229mm
The concept of dignity is essential to discourses of human rights, and to understand what dignity means and requires, we must address a number of difficult questions with input from a wide range of disciplines. How is human dignity protected, maintained, or ensured in a rapidly changing world? What are the rights and responsibilities that go hand in hand with the concept of dignity? Which beliefs, discourses, individuals, and institutions threaten its global application or block its reach across all categories of difference? How is a consciousness of the importance of dignity developing across the globe? 

This timely collection brings together a diverse array of field-leading contributors in order to give urgent and sustained attention to such questions and to offer interdisciplinary explorations into this most fundamental of concepts. Contributors from a diversity of academic and cultural backgrounds identify the challenges and opportunities in the realms of research, policy, education, religion, international law, social discourse, and media to define, broaden, and protect human dignity within both public and private spheres. They also address the need for reconstituting the current discourses on dignity to align them more effectively with the intellectual, moral, emotional, and spiritual capacities and concerns that animate the lives of human beings, ultimately gesturing towards a framework for ensuring that each member of the human race will be able to enjoy the conditions that are required if each person is to have the opportunity to realize their full human potential. 

For its rigorous interdisciplinary inquiry into this deceptively simple concept and for its practical implications for those pursuing real-world solutions, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Dignity and Human Rights is essential reading for researchers and students working within international relations, legal and global studies, philosophy, peace and conflict studies, and human rights and humanitarian law.
Introduction; Hoda Mahmoudi 
Section One. Theory/Discourse 
Chapter 1. Universal Consciousness of Human Dignity; Hoda Mahmoudi 
Chapter 2. Towards a Principle of Human Dignity; Suheil Bushrui 
Chapter 3. Reframing the Concept of Human Dignity; Michael Karlberg 
Chapter 4. Promoting Human Rights and Human Dignity in an Axial Age; Michael L. Penn, Tri Nguyen
Chapter 5. How Does Dignity Ground Human Rights?; Jack Donnelly 
Section Two. Practice/Action 
Chapter 6. Honor-based Violence in Pakistan and its Eradication through the Development of a Cultural and Jurisprudential Ethos of Human Dignity; Sania Anwar 
Chapter 7. (In)dignity via (Mis)representation: Politics, Power, and Documentary Film; Justin de Leon 
Chapter 8. Dignifying Education: The Emergence of Teachers as Transcultural Messengers; Barbara Finkelstein 
Chapter 9. Cultivating Human Rights and Protecting Human Dignity by Nurturing Altruism and a Life of Service: Integrating U.N. Sustainable Development Goals into School Curricula; Michael Haslip, Michael Penn
Hoda Mahmoudi has held the Bahá’í Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland, College Park, since 2012. She studies structural racism, women’s equality, global governance, and the environment. Professor Mahmoudi is co-editor of the recent book Children and Globalization: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Michael L. Penn is Professor of Psychology at Franklin & Marshall College. Professor Penn is author of Overcoming Violence against Women and Girls: The International Campaign to Eradicate a Worldwide Problem and Moral Trauma: An Empirical Analysis of the Problem of Akrasia, co-authored with Azin Nasseri.

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