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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
This anthology examines the implications that human rights have for the social sciences. It discusses how the 1789 Bill of Rights of the US Constitution should be expanded to encompass fundamental human rights, as most other constitutions already have been.

This collection has special relevance for sociologists because many implicitly assume positive human rights in their studies of, for example, health care and education, and yet do not make these assumptions explicit. This volume also discusses the relevance of social and political movements. The discussions in this text allow readers to compare constitutions, examine international human rights treaties, and delve into countries' histories.

Sociology and Human Rights is ideal for engaging in comparative studies of countries' politics and aspects of international cooperation. Each chapter ends with discussion questions to challenge students to think critically about human rights in the United States and around the world.

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

Judith Blau

Judith Blau is professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and served for ten years as chair of the Social and Economic Justice Undergraduate Minor. Her field is Human Rights, which is a normative approach to human societies, collective goods, political institutions, economy, and democracy. Drawing from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international human rights treaties and conventions, Human Rights axiomatically asserts the inalienable and equal rights of all humans. One challenge everywhere is to ensure equal rights to those who are denied them owing to, for example, poverty or disability. Another... More About Author

Mark Frezzo

Mark Frezzo is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Mississippi. His current research involves the world-historical analysis of the origins, evolution, and influence of the “human rights community.” Frezzo has published book chapters in Overcoming the “Two Cultures”: Science vs. the Humanities in the Modern World-System (Paradigm 2004), The World and US Social Forums: A Better World Is Possible and Necessary (Brill 2008), and The Leading Rogue State: The United States and Human Rights (Paradigm 2008) and articles in Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, Societies Without Borders: Human Rights and the Social... More About Author

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