Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Political speech in the United States is undergoing a crisis. Glendon's acclaimed book traces the evolution of the strident language of rights in America and shows how it has captured the nation's devotion to individualism and liberty, but omitted the American traditions of hospitality and care for the community.
Paperback, 236 pages
Published July 30th 1993 by Free Press (first published August 1991)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Rights Talk, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Rights Talk

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 104)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Brett Williams
Portentous subtleties of modern American language and law

Harvard’s Mary Ann Glendon provides one of those rare insights into why we are the way we are, exposing what is patently aberrant when externally viewed, axiomatic by force of habit, and an educational system catering to consumerism. Central is our language, that way to the soul of how we view our world and us in it, through rights talk. American rights talk is stark, simple, polarizing, legalistic, excessively bestowing the rights label w...more
William
A decent discussion of what types of relationships can and do structure politics other than rights-relationships. In particular, the book is critical of defining almost all politics in terms of rights, when rights are most useful in a fairly small number of cases.
Margaret  Kelly
Margaret Kelly marked it as to-read
Sep 03, 2014
Whit Smith
Whit Smith marked it as to-read
Aug 12, 2014
Julian Patton
Julian Patton marked it as to-read
Jul 12, 2014
Erin
Erin added it
Jul 05, 2014
Adil Abdulla
Adil Abdulla is currently reading it
Jul 02, 2014
Matthew
Matthew marked it as to-read
Jun 27, 2014
Samantha
Samantha marked it as to-read
Jun 14, 2014
Manavi
Manavi added it
Jun 06, 2014
Kaki
Kaki is currently reading it
Jun 04, 2014
Randy
Randy added it
May 31, 2014
Sami Sayed
Sami Sayed marked it as to-read
Apr 11, 2014
Bárbara
Bárbara marked it as to-read
Feb 21, 2014
Bernadette Royce
Bernadette Royce marked it as to-read
Feb 07, 2014
Chris
Chris marked it as to-read
Jan 23, 2014
Khalid Mohmood
Khalid Mohmood marked it as to-read
Nov 15, 2013
Lauren
Lauren is currently reading it
Sep 25, 2013
Jane
Jane marked it as to-read
Sep 24, 2013
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights The Forum and the Tower: How Scholars and Politicians Have Imagined the World, from Plato to Eleanor Roosevelt A Nation under Lawyers Abortion and Divorce in Western Law Comparative Legal Traditions: Text, Materials and Cases on Western Law

Share This Book