In This Review

Human Rights in the Americas: The Struggle for Consensus
Human Rights in the Americas: The Struggle for Consensus
Edited by Alfred Hennelly and John Langan
Georgetown University Press, 1982, 291 pp
Human Rights and Basic Needs in the Americas
Human Rights and Basic Needs in the Americas
Edited by Margaret E. Crahan
Georgetown University Press, 1982, 343 pp

Reflecting a strong philosophical and theological orientation, the contributors to these two volumes, some from North America and others from Latin countries, analyze the definition of human rights and their relationship to other social, political and economic desiderata. They also attempt to extend the relationship of human rights to basic human needs beyond the political realm.