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Environmental Human Rights

Power, Ethics and Law

Jan Hancock



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05 September 2019
Ethics & moral philosophy; Human rights; International human rights law; Environmentalist thought & ideology
This title was first published in 2003. Environmental Human Rights redefines the political, ethical and legal relationships between the environment and human rights to claim the human rights to an environment free from toxic pollution and to natural resources. Through a focus on the operational dynamics of social power, this compelling book details how global capitalism subjugates concerns of human security and environmental protection to the values of allocative efficiency and economic growth. The capacity of social power to construct ethical norms and to determine the efficacy of law is examined to explain how ethical and legal concepts have been selectively applied to accommodate existing patterns of production, consumption and exchange that cause environmental degradation and human rights violations. By looking at how environmental values have been systematically excluded from the human rights discourse, the book claims that human rights politics and law has been constructed on double standards to accommodate the destructive forces of capitalism.
By:   Jan Hancock
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Weight:   562g
ISBN:   9781138722422
ISBN 10:   1138722421
Pages:   270
Publication Date:   05 September 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jan Hancock, Dr, is a Lecturer in International Relations and Global Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London

Reviews for Environmental Human Rights: Power, Ethics and Law

'This provocative volume will be of interest to all those concerned with environmental rights and the ambivalent relationship between human rights and power. The author argues the case for two human rights: a human right to an environment free from toxic pollution and a human right to natural resources. Derived from an ecological rationality, these human rights could serve as an important focus for those activists and analysts seeking to challenge the legitimacy of prevailing forms of economic rationality and the destructive forces of global capitalism.' Neil Stammers, University of Sussex, UK 'This book undertakes a long overdue analysis of the potential for claiming a clean environment as a human right. It brings together the conceptual literature on human rights with that on the environment to present a coherent argument for understanding environmental claims as human rights. Importantly, it will convince many readers that the disciplinary practices that have separated human rights talk from environmental talk cannot be sustained.' Tony Evans, University of Southampton, UK '...thoroughly researched, articulate and engaging...will be of use to students of environmental politics, academics, think-tanks and policy analysts. It is an enjoyable book, with original analysis and well-supported arguments.' Human Rights Law Review 'The analysis in this book is sharp, provocative and engaged...This is a book of interest mainly to all those concerned with environmental rights and the ambivalent relationship between human rights and power.' International Journal of Environment and Pollution

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