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Sociology for Human Rights

Approaches for Applying Theories and Methods, 1st Edition

Edited by David L. Brunsma, Keri E. Iyall Smith, Brian K. Gran


216 pages

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As sociologists deepen their examinations of human rights in their teaching, research and thinking, it is essential that such work is conducted in a manner that is both mindful and critical of the knowledge we are building upon in both sociology and human rights. As the authors of this volume reveal, creating sociological knowledge that examines human rights for the expansion of human rights is something that sociologists are well equipped to undertake, whether through the use of mathematics, comparative-historical analysis, the study of emotions, conversations, or social psychology. In these chapters you will find both the roots of the study of human rights deep within sociological research and thinking and emerging techniques that will push the discipline as it seeks to expand understanding of human rights and so many other aspects of the social condition.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

David L. Brunsma, Keri E. Iyall Smith, and Brian K. Gran

2. Methodology

Amir B. Marvasti and Karyn D. McKinney

3. Mathematical Sociology

Guillermina Jasso

4. Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis

Peter Eglin

5. Comparative and Historical Sociology

Jean H. Quartaert and Benita Roth

6. Political Economy of the World-System

Tarique Niazi and Jeremy Hein

7. Social Psychology

Steven Hitlin and Matthew Andersson

8. Sociological Practice and Public Sociology

Jan Marie Fritz

9. Teaching and Learning

Corey Dolgon

10. History of Sociology

J.I. (Hans) Bakker

11. Theory

Elizabeth A. Gill

12. Emotions

Ann Branaman

13. Marxist Sociology

David Fasenfest

Discussion Questions

List of Acronyms


About the Editors

About the Editors

David L. Brunsma is Professor of Sociology at Virginia Tech. His areas of research include sociologies of human rights and human rights sociologies, racial identity and racism, cognitive sociology and epistemologies, and multiraciality and whiteness. He is currently founding coeditor of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and a former co-editor of Societies without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Sciences and section editor of the Race and Ethnicity section of Sociology Compass. He lives and loves with his family in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Keri E. Iyall Smith’sresearch explores the intersections between human rights, the state, and indigenous peoples. She is author of The State and Indigenous Movements (2006), editor of Sociology of Globalization (2012), and coeditor of several books, including Public Sociologies Reader (with Judith R. Blau, 2006) and Human Rights Of, By, and For the People (with Judith R. Blau and Louis E. Esparza, 2017). She is Associate Professor of Sociology at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, where she teaches courses on globalization, sociological theory, Indigenous Peoples, and introductory sociology. She is a former vice president of Sociologists without Borders.

Brian Gran is a sociologist and lawyer whose research, teaching, and service revolve around law, human rights, and social policy. Gran has recently enjoyed invitations to give lectures to Seoul National University, Sungkyunkwan University, COST Action IS1409, and the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. He edits Societies Without Borders and has been invited to serve on the inaugural advisory board of the Sociology Action Network. He was a British Academy Visiting Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar to Iceland. Gran is one of fourteen members of the U.S. National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General