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Closing the Rights GapFrom Human Rights to Social Transformation$
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LaDawn Haglund and Robin Stryker

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520283091

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520283091.001.0001

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Making Sense of the Multiple and Complex Pathways by which Human Rights Are Realized

(p.1) Introduction
Closing the Rights Gap

LaDawn Haglund

Robin Stryker

University of California Press

The introductory chapter outlines the motivation for this volume: the stubborn persistence of economic, social, and cultural rights (ESCR) violations worldwide. The authors present a theoretical model for understanding social transformation, focusing on key “analytic moments” where smaller changes (in beliefs and behaviors) iteratively translate abstract norms into concrete reality, and potentially cumulate to more profound social transformation (in which norms are widely realized). This model highlights potential mechanisms, actors, and pathways (MAPs) by which rights can be realized, then outlines how contributing authors present the problem of ESCR realization in terms of these MAPs, underscoring the manner in which the empirical cases demonstrate more generalization processes of change.

Keywords:   Economic rights, Social rights, Cultural rights, Rights realization, Legal norms, MAPs, Mechanisms, Actors, Pathways, Social transformation

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