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Written by psychologists, historians, and lawyers, this handbook demonstrates the central role psychological science plays in addressing some of the world's most pressing problems. Over 100 experts from around the world work together to supply an integrated history of human rights and psychological science using a rights and strengths-based perspective. It highlights what psychologists have done to promote human rights and what continues to be done at the United Nations. With emerging visions for the future uses of psychological theory, education, evidence-based research, and best practices, the chapters offer advice on how to advance the 2030 Global Agenda on Sustainable Development. Challenging the view that human rights are best understood through a political lens, this scholarly collection of essays shows how psychological science may hold the key to nurturing humanitarian values and respect for human dignity.


Finalist, 2021 PROSE Award - Single and Multivolume Reference, & Textbooks in the Social Sciences, Association of American Publishers


'This remarkable handbook draws upon a multi-disciplinary group of thought leaders who provide a compelling vision for addressing the manifestations of inequality. The coverage is broad, deep, and should be read by anyone concerned with promoting human rights and progress on the global agenda.'

John C. Scott - Chief Operating Officer, APTMetrics, Inc.

'Wherever human rights are disregarded, psychology - as a science, professional practice, and perspective on life - is also questioned. This handbook is an impressive reminder to students, professionals, and researchers to respect human rights as a compass for their work, the importance of protecting them, and to promote them where possible.'

Christoph Steinebach - Director of the School of Applied Psychology and Director of the Institute for Applied Psychology, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

'This soon-to-be-classic work has been ever-so-finely crafted to serve as a highly-referenced volume for many years to come in human rights, social justice, and the role that psychology can play. It is founded upon the powerful writing of a who’s who of contributing authors - I have never seen such a line-up of all-star academics, researchers, and most importantly: activists.'

Chris E. Stout - Founding Director, Center for Global Initiatives

'The lack of adequate implementation of international human rights agreements is one of biggest scandals of our time. Looking at human rights through the lens of psychology presents interesting and feasible ways to correct this situation. This book is a must-read for every social scientist and human rights scholar!'

Shekhar Saxena - Professor of the Practice of Global Mental Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, USA

'By thoughtfully framing psychology within a human rights context, this handbook outlines the dangerous propensity towards fundamentalism, bigotry, and fake news, which radicalises the susceptible or makes them indifferent to the issues affecting us all. Such an application of ethical psychology can, indeed must, improve human society.'

Saths Cooper - Past President, International Union of Psychological Science, and Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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