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