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Human rights of, by, and for the people : how to critique and change the US Constitution

Author: Keri E Iyall Smith; Louis Edgar Esparza; Judith R Blau
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge is an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, an Informa Business, 2017.
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"Together, the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights comprise the constitutional foundation of the United States. These--the oldest governing documents still in use in the world--urgently need an update, just as the constitutions of other countries have been updated and revised. Human Rights Of, By, and For the People brings together lawyers and sociologists to show how globalization and climate change offer an  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keri E Iyall Smith; Louis Edgar Esparza; Judith R Blau
ISBN: 9781138204164 1138204161 9781138204188 1138204188
OCLC Number: 958459907
Description: xiv, 200 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Constituting human rights in the US / Keri E. Iyall Smith --
Why revise / Judith R. Blau --
Beginning the world again : social movements and the challenge of constitutional change / Ben Manski --
A place called liberty / Rodney D. Coates --
Wherefore "the despotism of the petticoat"? : American women, gender, and constitutional omissions / Susan C. Pearce and Kathleen B. Basile --
Human dignity and equality : freedoms and rights, protection, fairness, and security / Judith R. Blau --
Beyond welfare, workfare, and employment : for a basic income as a constitutional amendment / Steven Panageotou --
Preserving economic security : housing, food, and medical care / Steven Foy --
What Latin America and the Caribbean teach the United States about constitutionalizing environmental human rights / K. Russell Shekha and Leah Edwards --
Revise now! / Judith R. Blau --
Why a sociology of human rights? / Mark Frezzo --
The constitution project : implementing a group projects structure / Davita Silfen Glasberg --
For a decolonized US Constitution / Keri E. Iyall Smith --
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights as constitutional model / Zachary Elkins, Tom Ginsberg and James Melton --
Rewrite for rights : creating a modern constitution / Judith R. Blau --
Appendix 1. Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments --
Appendix 2. Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Responsibility: edited by Keri E. Iyall Smith, Louis Edgar Esparza, and Judith R. Blau.

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"Together, the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights comprise the constitutional foundation of the United States. These--the oldest governing documents still in use in the world--urgently need an update, just as the constitutions of other countries have been updated and revised. Human Rights Of, By, and For the People brings together lawyers and sociologists to show how globalization and climate change offer an opportunity to revisit the founding documents. Each proposes specific changes that would more closely align US law with international law. The chapters also illustrate how constitutions are embedded in society and shaped by culture. The constitution itself sets up contentious relationships among the three branches of government and between the federal government and each state government, while the Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments begrudgingly recognize the civil and political rights of citizens. These rights are described by legal scholars as "negative rights," specifically as freedoms from infringements rather than as positive rights that affirm personhood and human dignity. The contributors to this volume offer "positive rights" instead. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), written in the middle of the last century, inspires these updates. Nearly every other constitution in the world has adopted language from the UDHR."--Page i.

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