|Title: ||Sociology and human rights: confrontations, evasions and new engagements|
|Citation: ||Sociology and human rights: confrontations, evasions and new engagements 2010, 14 (6):811 The International Journal of Human Rights|
|Publisher: ||Taylor & Francis|
|Journal: ||The International Journal of Human Rights|
|Issue Date: ||Nov-2010 |
|Additional Links: ||http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&doi=10.1080/13642987.2010.512125&magic=crossref||D404A21C5BB053405B1A640AFFD44AE3|
|Abstract: ||Sociologists have struggled to negotiate their relationship to human rights, yet human rights
are now increasingly the focus of innovative sociological analysis. This opening
contribution to ‘Sociology and Human Rights: New Engagements’ analyses how the
relationship between sociology and human rights could be better conceptualised and
taken forward in the future. The historical development of the sociology of human rights
is first examined, with emphasis on the uneasy distancing of sociology from universal
rights claims from its inception, and on radical repudiations influenced by Marx.
We discuss how in the post-war period T.H. Marshall’s work generated analysis of
citizenship rights, but only in the past two decades has the sociology of human rights
been developed by figures such as Bryan Turner, Lydia Morris and Anthony Woodiwiss.
We then introduce the individual contributions to the volume, and explain how they are
grouped. We suggest the need to deepen existing analyses of what sociology can offer to
the broad field of human rights scholarship, but also, more unusually, that sociologists
need to focus more on what human rights related research can bring to sociology, to
renew it as a discipline. Subsequent sections take this forward by examining a series
of themes including: the relationship between the individual and the social; the need
to address inequality; the challenge of social engagement and activism; and the
development of interdisciplinarity. We note how authors in the volume contribute to each
of these. Finallywe conclude by summarising our proposals for future directions in research.|
|Keywords: ||Sociology of Rights|
|Appears in Collections: ||Research papers from the School of Business and Social Sciences|
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