Critical Human Rights Education

Advancing Social-Justice-Oriented Educational Praxes

  • Michalinos Zembylas
  • André Keet

Part of the Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education book series (COPT, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Michalinos Zembylas, André Keet
    Pages 1-16
  3. Michalinos Zembylas, André Keet
    Pages 33-45
  4. Michalinos Zembylas, André Keet
    Pages 47-59
  5. Michalinos Zembylas, André Keet
    Pages 61-75
  6. Michalinos Zembylas, André Keet
    Pages 77-92
  7. Michalinos Zembylas, André Keet
    Pages 93-104
  8. Michalinos Zembylas, André Keet
    Pages 105-115
  9. Michalinos Zembylas, André Keet
    Pages 131-147
  10. Michalinos Zembylas, André Keet
    Pages 149-154

About this book


This book engages with human rights and human rights education (HRE) in ways that offer opportunities for criticality and renewal. It takes up various ideas, from critical and decolonial theories to philosophers and intellectuals, to theorize the renewal of HRE as Critical Human Rights Education.

The point of departure is that the acceptable “truths” of human rights are seldom critically examined, and productive interpretations for understanding and acting in a world that is soaked in the violations these rights try to address, cannot emerge.

The book cultivates a critical view of human rights in education and beyond, and revisits receivable categories of human rights to advance social-justice-oriented educational praxes. It focuses on the ways that issues of human rights, philosophy, and education come together, and how a critical project of their entanglements creates openings for rethinking human rights education (HRE) both theoretically and in praxis.

Given the persistence of issues of human rights worldwide, this book will be useful to researchers and educators across disciplines and in numerous parts of the world.


Universal Declaration of Human Rights Universality of human rights HRE Human Rights Education Renewal of HRE Critical pedagogies Critical social theories Human rights critiques Decoloniality Contemporary critical theory Critical Human Rights Education Social justice Education Citizenship Education Affect/Emotion

Authors and affiliations

  • Michalinos Zembylas
    • 1
  • André Keet
    • 2
  1. 1.Open University of CyprusLatsiaCyprus
  2. 2.Nelson Mandela UniversityPort ElizabethSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-27197-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-27198-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-9759
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-9767
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