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Dean, Hartley (2019) Social and human rights. In: Midgley, James, Surender, Rebecca and Alfers, Laura, (eds.) Handbook of Social Policy and Development. Edward Edgar, Cheltenham. ISBN 9781785368424

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Social rights may be understood as articulations of human need; as the mutual claims that human beings make upon one another as members of a uniquely social species. In recent times, collectively guaranteed social rights have been recognised in economically developed countries as rights of welfare state citizenship. But they have also been recognised as a core component of an international framework of human rights. The idea that human development necessarily entails social as well as economic development has resulted in rights-based approaches to policies and provision, on the one hand, for social protection and security, and on the other, for human services, such as healthcare, education and housing. Rights-based approaches, however, can take different forms and may prioritise: self-determination and individual freedom; the realisation of agreed standards of social provision; or the identification and eradication of poverty as a violation of human rights. Social rights are dynamic social constructs, central to social policy and development.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2019 Edward Elgar Publishing
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 09:45
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:50

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