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Sociology and Human Rights

Sociology and Human Rights
A Bill of Rights for the Twenty-First Century

Edited by:
  • Judith Blau - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  • Mark Frezzo - University of Mississippi, USA

May 2011 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

A unique volume designed to provoke an ongoing dialogue about fundamental human rights in our society

Edited by renowned scholars, Judith Blau and Mark Frezzo, this groundbreaking anthology examines the implications that human rights have for the social sciences. The book provides readers with a wide-ranging collection of articles, each written by experts in their fields who argue for an expansion of fundamental human rights in the United States. To provide an international context, the volume covers the human rights treaties that have been incorporated into the constitutions of many countries throughout the world, including wealthy nations such as Spain and Sweden and impoverished countries such as Bolivia and Croatia.

Part I. What Are Universal Human Rights?
Mark Frezzo
Chapter 1. Introduction
Mark Frezzo
Chapter 2. Deepening Civil and Political Rights
Louis Edgar Esparza
Chapter 3. Ensuring Economic and Social Rights
Laura Toussaint
Chapter 4. Promoting Cultural Rights
Bruce K. Friesen
Chapter 5. Globalizing the Human Rights Perspective
Rebecca Clausen
Chapter 6. Cooperating Around Environmental Rights
Judith Blau
Chapter 7. Comparing Constitutions
Part II. Citizenship, Identity, and Human Rights
8. Rogelio Sáenz, Cecilia Menjívar, San Juanita Edilia Garcia
Chapter 8. Arizona’s SB 1070: Setting Conditions for Violations of Human Rights Here and Beyond
Tugrul Keskin
Chapter 9. Beyond Two Identities: Turkish Immigrants in Germany
Part III. Vulnerability and Human Rights
Bryan S. Turner
Chapter 10: The Rights of Age: On Human Vulnerability
Brian Gran and Rachel Bryant
Chapter 11. Children’s Rights
Part IV. The Global and the Local
Judith Blau
Chapter 12. Growing and Learning Human Rights
Judith Blau
Chapter 13. Going Forward
Promoting Cultural Rights
Globalizing the Human Rights Perspective
Linking Human Rights and the Environment
Arizona's SB 1070: Setting Conditions for Violations of Human Rights Here and Beyond
Beyond Two Identities: Turkish Immigrants in Germany
The Rights of Age
Children's Rights
Ensuring Economic and Social Rights
Shulamith Koenig

“The high level of scholarship is evident in the prospectus. I was impressed by both scope and its detailed examples. This text has pedagogical value. It can be used to teach critical thinking.”

Jonathan Reader
Drew University

"It has an explicit sociological approach that is lacking in so many of the books that address some of these issues."

Elizabeth D. Scheel
Saint Cloud State University

The book contextualizes the link between globalization and citizenship by raising questions and solutions to the tension between national rights and human rights. Fantastic selections of readings.

Dr Maria Bryant
Social Science Dept, College of South Maryland - La Plata
October 19, 2012
Key features

Key Features

  • Provocative and engaging chapters encourage readers to consider local human rights issues while comparing the constitutions, treaties, and histories of other countries.
  • Written by experts in the field, the chapters demonstrate how human rights coverage is essential in government constitutions to establish accountability.
  • Broad coverage makes the book ideal for engaging in comparative political analysis as well as for studying international cooperation.
  • Chapter-ending discussion questions challenge readers to think critically about human rights in the United States and around the world.

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