Towards a Critical Sociology of Human Rights

Nash, Kate. 2005. Towards a Critical Sociology of Human Rights. Sociology Working Papers, pp. 1-21. [Article]

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In this chapter I want briefly to explore how a critical Sociology of human rights might approach the question of how and why the proliferation of human rights discourse has not led, in general, to the more ethical treatment of human beings across the world. On the contrary, the ‘war on terror’ has made it very clear that states which have been central to supporting the expansion and deepening of human rights, and that apparently have a continuing commitment to the realisation of human rights norms, are themselves among the violators of human rights. Critical Sociologists should therefore consider the possibility that there are links between this proliferation of discourses on human rights and human rights violations.

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06 Jun 2013 14:30

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