Human Rights Development: Provenance, Ambit, and Effect

Winton Higgins

in Mental Health and Human Rights

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Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199213962
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754500 | DOI:
Human Rights Development: Provenance, Ambit, and Effect

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Winton Higgins traces the historical emergence of the idea, culture, and institutional framework of human rights; the gradual spreading of the human rights net under the ‘ universal’ rubric from white males to many other human categories (black people, women, sexual minorities, etc), and eventually to people with mental disorders; and the process whereby abusers lost impunity and rights therefore became meaningful by becoming enforceable.

Chapter.  8376 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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