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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin
Clapham puts forward a good base for anyone interested in studying or have some background reading on human rights. The use of cases and materials gives context, and it highlights some of the issues within the discourse today. Definitely recommended as an introduction to the subject
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2.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary human-rights considerations
The review by ZK is very perceptive. It is also significant that the edition is now nearly six years old, and hence the many human-rights issues that have hit the headlines in recent years are not directly discussed. A revised edition that takes into account ZK's criticisms, that explores very contemporary cases, and that is couched in language that is more precise and...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin, 17 Jun 2009
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This review is from: Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
Clapham puts forward a good base for anyone interested in studying or have some background reading on human rights. The use of cases and materials gives context, and it highlights some of the issues within the discourse today. Definitely recommended as an introduction to the subject
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2.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary human-rights considerations, 30 Aug 2012
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Brian GALE (Hampshire; England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
The review by ZK is very perceptive. It is also significant that the edition is now nearly six years old, and hence the many human-rights issues that have hit the headlines in recent years are not directly discussed. A revised edition that takes into account ZK's criticisms, that explores very contemporary cases, and that is couched in language that is more precise and sensitive, would be invaluable.

Brian Gale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says, 30 Mar 2014
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There is nothing to take away from this pocket sized handbook, it is what it says a VERY short introduction, it doesn't really provide any study guidance like nutshells books do but it provides enough information to write an essay introduction so can't complain.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting history; deficient philosophy, 17 April 2011
This review is from: Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
This is a parson's egg of a book. The bulk of the book (from chapter 2 onwards) paints an instructive picture of the development of the concepts and legalities of human rights following the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The author also discusses how conflicts have arisen between the strands of human rights' reasoning, then comments on various approaches to resolving these conflicts.

The book fails, however, to establish any foundation for the concept of human rights. The first chapter raises three of the classic challenges: first, that such reasoning is `nonsense on stilts' (Bentham); second, that human rights ideas merely arise from Western powers passing off their own ideas of rights as universal (Sen); and third, and as a result, that the concept of human rights is an attempt to set up unwarranted `pre-legal moral claims' (Sen). Having raised these issues, however, Clapham then largely ignores them.

Those seeking a brief history of the development of human rights over the last sixty years will probably find this book informative. For those, like me, more interested in the philosophical foundations, the book is crucially flawed - hence two stars.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Short but opinionated, 2 Sep 2012
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Patrick Mullane (Cork, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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Whatever one's political stance, human rights are of major importance in today's work. An understanding of them aids the informed voter on the background to the newspaper headlines that touch on these. I thus was disappointed in this book, which while presenting a framework of the development and impact of human rights, did not deviate much from the authors fixed opinion on these manners, his use of strawman arguments and his rather lopsided selection of historical sources. Overall, barely okay for a basic instruction but too infused by the author's own viewpoints.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it!, 19 Oct 2012
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This is a well written informative book. I am still reading it but I hasten to praise it because I have criticized a different book in the series. Charles Simmonds
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1.0 out of 5 stars Book great - Not emough postage paid, 4 Sep 2013
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The book was what I wanted and in good condition but I had to pick it up from postal depot because there wasn't enough postage paid. I had to pay this plus an additional 50p charge
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