The Leading Rogue State: The U.S. and Human Rights

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Most Americans would be surprised to learn that their government has declined to join most other nations in UN treaties addressing inadequate housing, poverty, children's rights, health care, racial discrimination, and migrant workers. Yet this book documents how the United States has, for decades, declined to ratify widely accepted treaties on these and many other basic human rights. Providing the first comprehensive topical survey, the contributors build a case and specific agendas for the nation to change course and join the world community as a protector of human rights.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594515880
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Blau, Professor of Sociology at UNC Chapel Hill, is the president of the U.S. chapter of Sociologists Without Borders and past president of the Southern Sociological Association. Earlier books include Architects and Firms, Sociology of Art, The Shape of Culture, Social Contracts and Economic Markets, and Race in the Schools.

David L. Brunsma is a Professor of Sociology at Virginia Tech and co-editor of The Leading Rogue State.

Alberto Moncada has a law degree and advanced degrees in sociology and education. He has taught at universities in Madrid and the U.S. Currently he is Vice President of UNESCO Spain and President of Sociologists without Borders International. He has published over thirty Spanish-language books on various topics including the media, Latino culture, and education.

Catherine Zimmer is an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at UNC Chapel Hill.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Introduction Frances Fox Piven Piven, Frances Fox 1

1 Human Vulnerabilites: On Individual and Social Rights Bryan S. Turner Turner, Bryan S. 5

2 Rights to Housing Dave Overfelt Overfelt, Dave David L. Brunsma Brunsma, David L. 16

3 Health as a Human Right Antonio Ugalde Ugalde, Antonio Nuria Homedes Homedes, Nuria 25

4 Labor Rights and Rights of Workers Vincent J. Roscigno Roscigno, Vincent J. Andrew W. Martin Martin, Andrew W. 37

5 Rights of the Child Brian K. Gran Gran, Brian K. 47

6 Rights of Migrants and Minorities Cecilia Menjivar Menjivar, Cecilia Ruben G. Rumbaut Rumbaut, Ruben G. 60

7 Women's Rights Tola Olu Pearce Pearce, Tola Olu 75

8 Rights of People with Disabilities Jean M. Lynch Lynch, Jean M. 86

9 Rights of Indigenous Peoples Keri E. Iyall Smith Smith, Keri E. Iyall 98

10 The Human Right to Sexual and Gender Self-Expression Gerald F. Lackey Lackey, Gerald F. 112

11 Language Rights as Human Rights Tanya Golasb-Boza Golasb-Boza, Tanya Douglas Parker Parker, Douglas 125

12 Cultural Rights Rodney D. Coates Coates, Rodney D. 138

13 Rights to Water, Food, and Development Jenniffer M. Sanzos-Hernandez Sanzos-Hernandez, Jenniffer M. John Barnshaw Barnshaw, John 152

14 Environmental Rights Damayanti Banerjee Banerjee, Damayanti 163

15 Rights of Prisoners Angela Hattery Hattery, Angela Earl Smith Smith, Earl 173

16 Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law John Hagan Hagan, John Wenona Rymond-Richmond Rymond-Richmond, Wenona 186

17 Rights to Participate in Democracy Mark Frezzo Frezzo, Mark 208

18 The Social Forum Process and Human Rights Marina Karides Karides, Marina 219

19 Freedom and Security Judith BlauBlau, Judith Alberto Moncada Moncada, Alberto 233

Postscript Jack Donnelly Donnelly, Jack 238

Index 241

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