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Humiliation, Degradation, Dehumanization

Human Dignity Violated

Kaufmann, P., Kuch, H., Neuhaeuser, C., Webster, E. (Eds.)

2011, XIV, 266 p.

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  • The first volume on violations of human dignity in English language. The relation of specific forms of violations of human dignity, e.g. humiliation, degradation etc., as well as concrete practices are discussed. The book contains conceptual papers as well as studies of particular cases and tries to solve theoretical questions by studying concrete problems. The approach is interdisciplinary and joins philosophers and lawyers working on human dignity.
Degradation, dehumanization, instrumentalization, humiliation, and nonrecognition – these concepts point to ways in which we understand human beings to be violated in their dignity. Violations of human dignity are brought about by concrete practices and conditions; some commonly acknowledged, such as torture and rape, and others more contested, such as poverty and exclusion. This volume collates reflections on such concepts and a range of practices, deepening our understanding of human dignity and its violation, bringing to the surface interrelationships and commonalities, and pointing to the values that are thereby shown to be in danger. In presenting a streamlined discussion from a negative perspective, complemented by conclusions for a positive account of human dignity, the book is at once a contribution to the body of literature on what dignity is and how it should be protected as well as constituting an alternative, fresh and focused perspective relevant to this significant recurring debate. As the concept of human dignity itself crosses disciplinary boundaries, this is mirrored in the unique range of perspectives brought by the book’s European and American contributors – in philosophy and ethics, law, human rights, literature, cultural studies and interdisciplinary research. This volume will be of interest to social and moral philosophers, legal and human rights theorists, practitioners and students.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » bonded labor - degradation - dehumanization - embodyment - human dignity - human rights - humiliation - instrumentalization - labour exploitation - non-recognition - poverty - rape - social exclusion - torture

Related subjects » Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - Law

Table of contents 

Manfred Nowak – Preface Paulus Kaufmann, Hannes Kuch, Christian Neuhäuser and Elaine Webster – Human Dignity Violated: A Negative Approach Ralf Stoecker – Three Crucial Turns on the Road to an Adequate Understanding of Human Dignity Part 1: Conceptions and Theories 1. Christian Neuhäuser – Humiliation: The Collective Dimension 2. Hannes Kuch – The Rituality of Humiliation: Exploring Symbolic Vulnerability 3. Paulus Kaufmann – Instrumentalization: What does it Mean to Use a Person? 4. Elaine Webster – Degradation: A Human Rights Law Perspective 5. Sophie Oliver – Dehumanization: Perceiving the Body as (In)Human Part 2: Practices of Violating Human Dignity 6. Andreas Maier – Torture: How Denying Moral Standing Violates Human Dignity 7. Ivana Radacic – Rape: Does International Human Rights Law Adequately Protect the Dignity of Women? 8. Steffen K. Herrmann – Social Exclusion: Practices of Misrecognition 9. Peter Schaber – Absolute Poverty: Human Dignity, Self-Respect, and Dependency 10. Julia Müller and Christian Neuhäuser – Relative Poverty: On a Social Dimension of Dignity 11. Kirsteen Shields – Trade Exploitation: Crossing the Threshold between Acceptable and Unacceptable Labor Conditions 12. Tamara Enhuber – Bonded Labour: Dynamics Between Bondage, Identity and Dignity Part 3: Conclusions for a Positive Account of Human Dignity 13. Marcus Düwell – Human Dignity and Human Rights 14. Samuel Kerstein – Dignity and Preservation of Personhood 15. Arndt Pollmann – Embodied Self-Respect and the Fragility of Human Dignity: A Human Rights Approach

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