Long the province of international law, human rights now enjoys a renaissance of studies and new perspectives from the social sciences. This landmark book is the first to synthesize and comprehensively evaluate this body of work. It fosters an interdisciplinary, international, and critical engagement both in the social study of human rights and the establishment of a human rights approach throughout the field of sociology. Sociological perspectives bring new questions to the interdisciplinary study of human rights, as amply illustrated in this book. The Handbook is indispensable to any interdisciplinary collection on human rights or on sociology. This text: Brings new perspectives to the study of human rights in an interdisciplinary fashion. Offers state-of-the-art summaries, critical discussions of established human rights paradigms, and a host of new insights and further research directions. Fosters a comprehensive human rights approach to sociology, topically representing all 45 sections of the American Sociological Association.
"Two wrong ideas have been circulating for too long with very pernicious consequences. On one side, sociologists and social scientists in general have behaved as if human rights were none of their concern; on the other side, human rights activists and scholars have looked with suspicion at social scientific work for fear that the latter will ignore, trivialize or simply undervalue their work. This book puts a definitive end to these two wrong ideas, offering a massive, extremely rich, and convincing response to past prejudices. So much so that it opens a new paradigm of study in this area. From now on, research and teaching in either human rights or sociology cannot afford to miss this precious handbook."
--Boaventura de Sousa Santos, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
"This remarkable handbook about the relevance of human rights to every conceivable field of sociology shows two things: (1) Refusing the fact-value dichotomy enables us to make deep analytic progress; and (2) Exposing and resisting oppressions is endless, as this handbook reveals the limitations of all past modes."
--Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University.
"Rich with theory and applications, this book is an intellectual breakthrough with so many sociologists joining together to shift the sociological paradigm to one that frankly professes - and celebrates -- the
humanness of human beings."
--From the Foreword by Judith Blau, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“Here a global array of talented social scientists provide a comprehensive handbook for all concerned with human rights. Drawing on research on issues ranging from racism and sexism to ageism, classism, heterosexism, and much else, they greatly amplify and sharply extend the human rights tradition of sociological founders W. E. B. Du Bois and Jane Addams, for the present day. Thereby, they help reinstate the too often hypothetical liberty-justice-equality frame as a guide for both social science research and public policy in all the world's countries.”
--Joe R. Feagin, Ella C. McFadden Professor of Liberal Arts Texas A & M University and author (with Hernan Vera) of Liberation Sociology
Foreword Judith R. Blau Introduction Sociology and Human Rights: Resituating the Discipline David L. Brunsma, Keri E. Iyall Smith, and Brian K. Gran Groups in Society 1 Sex and Gender Barbara Gurr and Nancy A. Naples 2 Aging and the Life Course Robin Shura and Rachel Bryant 3 Mental Health and Human Rights Giedr?e Baltrusaityt?e 4 Racial and Ethnic Minorities James M. Thomas and David L. Brunsma 5 Asia and Asian America Mary Yu Danico and Phi Hong Su 6 Latina/o Sociology Rogelio Saenz, Karen Manges Douglas, and Maria Cristina Morales 7 Children and Youth Brian K. Gran 8 Race, Class, and Gender Mary Romero 9 Sexualities Mary Bernstein 10 Animals and Society Victoria Johnson and John Sanbonmatsu 11 Disability and Society Jean M. Lynch Institutions in Society 12 Medical Sociology Susan W. Hinze and Heidi L. Taylor 13 Crime, Law, and Deviance Joachim J. Savelsberg 14 Education Nathalia E. Jaramillo, Peter McLaren, and Jean J. Ryoo 15 Family Angela J. Hattery and Earl Smith 16 Organizations, Occupations, and Work J. Kenneth Benson 17 Political Sociology Thomas Janoski 18 Culture Mark D. Jacobs and Lester R. Kurtz 19 Science, Knowledge, and Technology Jennifer L. Croissant 20 Sociology of Law Christopher N. J. Roberts 21 Religion David V. Brewington 22 Economic Sociology Clarence Y. H. Lo Living Together Locally and Globally 23 Community and Urban Sociology Kenneth Neubeck 24 Peace, War, and Social Conflict Nader Saiedi 25 Environment and Technology Francis O. Adeola and J. Steven Picou 26 Population Jenniffer M. Santos-Hernandez 27 Collective Behavior and Social Movements Lyndi Hewitt 28 Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Jennifer Bronson 29 Rationality and Society Valeska P. Korff, Mimi Zou, Tom Zwart, and Rafael Wittek 30 International Migration Tanya Golash-Boza 31 Labor and Labor Movements Hector L. Delgado 32 Evolution, Biology, and Sociology Rosemary L. Hopcroft Methodology, Practice, and Theory 33 Methodology Amir B. Marvasti and Karyn D. McKinney 34 Mathematical Sociology Guillermina Jasso 35 Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis Peter Eglin 36 Comparative and Historical Sociology Jean H. Quataert and Benita Roth 37 Political Economy of the World-System Tarique Niazi and Jeremy Hein 38 Social Psychology Steven Hitlin and Matthew Andersson 39 Sociological Practice and Public Sociology Jan Marie Fritz 40 Teaching and Learning Corey Dolgon 41 History of Sociology J. I. (Hans) Bakker 42 Theory Elizabeth A. Gill 43 Emotions Ann Branaman 44 Marxist Sociology David Fasenfest