Human Rights Education
Theory, Research, PraxisUniversity of Pennsylvania Press Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
Over the past seven decades, human rights education has blossomed into a global movement. A field of scholarship that utilizes teaching and learning processes, human rights education addresses basic rights and broadens the respect for the dignity and freedom of all peoples. Since the founding of the United Nations and the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, human rights education has worked toward ensuring that schools and non-formal educational spaces become sites of promise and equity.
Bringing together the voices of leaders and researchers deeply engaged in understanding the politics and possibilities of human rights education as a field of inquiry, Monisha Bajaj's Human Rights Education shapes our understanding of the practices and processes of the discipline and demonstrates the ways in which it has evolved into a meaningful constellation of scholarship, policy, curricular reform, and pedagogy. Contributions by pioneers in the field, as well as emerging scholars, constitute this foundational textbook, which charts the field's rise, outlines its conceptual frameworks and models, and offers case studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. The volume analyzes how human rights education has been locally tailored to diverse contexts and looks at the tensions and triumphs of such efforts.
Historicizing human rights education while offering concrete grounding for those who seek entry into this dynamic field of scholarship and practice, Human Rights Education is essential reading for students, educators, researchers, advocates, activists, practitioners, and policy makers.
Contributors: Monisha Bajaj, Ben Cislaghi, Nancy Flowers, Melissa Leigh Gibson, Diane Gillespie, Carl A. Grant, Tracey Holland, Megan Jensen, Peter G. Kirchschlaeger, Gerald Mackie, J. Paul Martin, Sam Mejias, Chrissie Monaghan, Audrey Osler, Oren Pizmony-Levy, Susan Garnett Russell, Carol Anne Spreen, David Suárez, Felisa Tibbitts, Rachel Wahl, Chalank Yahya, Michalinos Zembylas.
"The collection's very existence (all 300-plus pages) signifies the remarkable growth, presence, and diversity of human rights education (HRE) . . . For anyone seeking inspiration and engagement, desiring systemic change and social justice, and hoping to learn more about the construction of work about HRE, through HRE, and for HRE, Human Rights Education is essential reading."—Human Rights Review
"Human Rights Education is a compelling and authoritative survey of the theoretical underpinnings, history, current state, and future of human rights education. This volume provides the field with an exhaustive text that addresses the concepts, complexities, and real world applications of human rights education…By providing a theoretical and experiential foundation for HRE, Human Rights Education proves not only that we can build and sustain rights-affirming knowledge bases and learning communities, we must."—International Journal of Human Rights Education
"Human Rights Education provides a glimpse into the emerging, complex, multifaceted, and, at times, overgeneralized field of human rights education. The book offers rich theoretical frameworks, global research, and lessons from transformative educational praxis to help readers define and understand human rights education as a distinct field…[This book is recommended] for anyone who works within education including teachers, administrators, social workers, school counselors, school board members, and policymakers [and] any citizen, activist, volunteer, parent, student, or government official interested in working for peace, justice, and a worldwide human rights culture."—Humanity & Society
"“[Bajaj’s] book provides essential material and resources for scholars, practitioners, activists, and policymakers who wish to engage with this dynamic field, especially in response to the rising tides of neo-fascism, economic exploitation, and the many forms of violence and discrimination in a changing and turbulent world… Human Rights Education provides an opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and administrators to reflect on their own practice and helps readers to reimagine a common future for cherishing diversity, praising human dignity and promoting human rights. This is essential if an adequate HRE is to be achieved."—Human Rights Education Review
"By assembling a collection of essays by leaders in the field of human rights education and drawing from a wide and distinguished set of disciplinary homes, Monisha Bajaj has done a great service to scholars, teachers, and students interested in pursuing this fast-emerging and critically important topic."—Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard University
"Human Rights Education lives up to its promise. Monisha Bajaj has put together an impressive set of studies reviewing the whole rapidly expanding arena, from theory and research to fascinating accounts of practice."—John W. Meyer, Stanford University