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The American Language of Rights : Ideas in Context - Richard A. Primus

The American Language of Rights

Ideas in Context

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Richard A. Primus examines three crucial periods in American history (the late eighteenth century, the Civil War and the 1950s and 1960s) and demonstrates how the conceptions of rights prevailing at each of these times grew out of opposition to concrete political cases. In the first study of its kind, Primus highlights the influence of totalitarianism (in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union) on the language of rights. This book will be a major contribution to contemporary political theory, of interest to scholars and students in politics and government, constitutional law, and American history.

"This book is a major contribution to contemporary political theory, of interest to scholars and students in politics and government, constitutional law, and American history." Yale Law Report "This book examines three periods in American history - the late eighteenth century, the Civil War, and the 1950s and 1960s - to demonstrate how the conceptions of rights prevailing during these times grew from reactions to social and political crises. Conceptualizing rights langage as grounded in opposition to concrete social and political practices, Primus explores the potency of rights language throughout American history and the impact of modern totalitarianism on American conceptions of rights." Law and Social Inquiry

Introduction
Rights theory and rights practice
History and the development of rights
Rights of the founding
Rights and reconstruction: syntheses and shell games
Rights after World War II
Conclusion: rights and reasons
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521652506
ISBN-10: 0521652502
Series: Ideas in Context
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 20th October 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.57