Human rights culture: solidarity, diversity and the right to be different

Nash, Kate. 2005. Human rights culture: solidarity, diversity and the right to be different. Citizenship Studies, 9(4), pp. 335-348. ISSN 13621025 [Article]

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The concept of a human rights culture has been crucial to the incorporation of the European Convention of Human Rights into UK law. In this paper media and activist representations of human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human rights are considered as indicative of an emerging human rights culture, especially around the Civil Partnerships Act 2004. A typology of representations of rights is developed and discussed. It is concluded that insofar as there is an emerging human rights culture, it is one that is concerned above all with creating and maintaining civic relationships rather than with the assertion of individual liberty, and as inviting political compromise rather than a principled stance on universal human rights.

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Lesbian; gay; bisexual and transgender rights; activists; media representations; law; UK Human Rights Act

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1 September 2005Published

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12 Mar 2009 15:42

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07 Jul 2017 11:56

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