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

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Overview

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 U.S. 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: 9781594515897
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (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.

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

Chapter 1 Human Vulnerabilities: On Individual and Social Rights, Bryan S. Turner

Chapter 2 Rights to Housing, Dave Overfelt and David L. Brunsma

Chapter 3 Health as a Human Right, Antonio Ugalde and Nuria Homedes

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

Chapter 5 Rights of the Child, Brian K. Gran

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

Chapter 7 Women's Rights, Tola Olu Pearce

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

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

Chapter 10 The Human Rights to Sexual and Gender Self-Expression, Gerald F. Lackey

Chapter 11 Language Rights as Human Rights, Tanya Golash-Boza and Douglas Parker

Chapter 12 Cultural Rights, Rodne D. Coates

Chapter 13 Rights to Water, Food, and Development, Jenniffer M. Santos-Hernandez and John Barnshaw

Chapter 14 Environmental Rights, Damayanti Banerjee

Chapter 15 Rights of Prisoners, Angela Hattery and Earl Smith

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

Chapter 17 Rights to Participate in Democracy, Mark Frezzo

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

Chapter 19 Freedom and Security, Judith Blau and Alberto Moncada

Postscript, Jack Donnelly

Index
About the Editors and Contributors

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