The Political Sociology of Human Rights

The Political Sociology of Human Rights

by Kate Nash


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The language of human rights is the most prominent 'people-centred' language of global justice today. This textbook looks at how human rights are constructed at local, national, international and transnational levels and considers commonalities and differences around the world. Through discussions of key debates in the interdisciplinary study of human rights, the book develops its themes by considering examples of human rights advocacy in international organisations, national states and local grassroots movements. Case studies relating to specific organisations and institutions illustrate how human rights are being used to address structural injustices: imperialist geopolitics, authoritarianism and corruption, inequalities created by 'freeing' markets, dangers faced by transnational migrants as a result of the securitization of borders, and violence against women.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521197496
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/30/2015
Series: Key Topics in Sociology Series
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Kate Nash is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Table of Contents

1. The social construction of human rights; 2. (A) human rights movement(s) and other organisations; 3. States of human rights; 4. The United Nations: not a world state; 5. Humanising capitalism; 6. Women's rights are human rights; 7. Do migrants have rights?; 8. What works? Paradoxes in the human rights field.

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