Handbook of Sociology and Human Rights

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  • Length: 585 pages
  • Trim size: 6" x 9"
  • Rights: World

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  • ISBN: 978-1-59451-882-9
  • Publish date: February 2013
  • List Price: $195.00
  • Your Price: $165.75

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  • ISBN: 978-1-61205-220-5
  • Publish date: February 2013
  • List Price: $195.00
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Long the province of international law, human rights now enjoys a renaissance of studies and new perspectives from the social sciences. This landmark book is the first to synthesize and comprehensively evaluate this body of work. It fosters an interdisciplinary, international, and critical engagement both in the social study of human rights and the establishment of a human rights approach throughout the field of sociology. Sociological perspectives bring new questions to the interdisciplinary study of human rights, as amply illustrated in this book. The Handbook is indispensable to any interdisciplinary collection on human rights or on sociology.

This text:

  • Brings new perspectives to the study of human rights in an interdisciplinary fashion.
  • Offers state-of-the-art summaries, critical discussions of established human rights paradigms, and a host of new insights and further research directions.
  • Fosters a comprehensive human rights approach to sociology, topically representing all 45 sections of the American Sociological Association.

Author Info

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

Keri E. Iyall Smith, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Suffolk University, is the author of States of Indigenous Movements.

Brian K. Gran is Associate Professor of Sociology and Law at Case Western Reserve University whose research focuses on actors and institutions that foster and obstruct human rights advancement. His publications have appeared in The International Journal of Children's Rights and in Child Welfare.


"Two wrong ideas have been circulating for too long with very pernicious consequences. On one side, sociologists and social scientists in general have behaved as if human rights were none of their concern; on the other side, human rights activists and scholars have looked with suspicion at social scientific work for fear that the latter will ignore, trivialize or simply undervalue their work. This book puts a definitive end to these two wrong ideas, offering a massive, extremely rich, and convincing response to past prejudices. So much so that it opens a new paradigm of study in this area. From now on, research and teaching in either human rights or sociology cannot afford to miss this precious handbook."
--Boaventura de Sousa Santos, University of Coimbra (Portugal)

"This remarkable handbook about the relevance of human rights to every conceivable field of sociology shows two things: (1) Refusing the fact-value dichotomy enables us to make deep analytic progress; and (2) Exposing and resisting oppressions is endless, as this handbook reveals the limitations of all past modes."
--Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University.

"Rich with theory and applications, this book is an intellectual breakthrough with so many sociologists joining together to shift the sociological paradigm to one that frankly professes - and celebrates -- the
humanness of human beings."
--From the Foreword by Judith Blau, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

“Here a global array of talented social scientists provide a comprehensive handbook for all concerned with human rights. Drawing on research on issues ranging from racism and sexism to ageism, classism, heterosexism, and much else, they greatly amplify and sharply extend the human rights tradition of sociological founders W. E. B. Du Bois and Jane Addams, for the present day. Thereby, they help reinstate the too often hypothetical liberty-justice-equality frame as a guide for both social science research and public policy in all the world's countries.”
--Joe R. Feagin, Ella C. McFadden Professor of Liberal Arts Texas A & M University and author (with Hernan Vera) of Liberation Sociology


Judith R. Blau

Sociology and Human Rights: Resituating the Discipline
David L. Brunsma, Keri E. Iyall Smith, and Brian K. Gran

Groups in Society

1 Sex and Gender
Barbara Gurr and Nancy A. Naples

2 Aging and the Life Course
Robin Shura and Rachel Bryant

3 Mental Health and Human Rights
Giedr?e Baltrušaityt?e

4 Racial and Ethnic Minorities
James M. Thomas and David L. Brunsma

5 Asia and Asian America
Mary Yu Danico and Phi Hong Su

6 Latina/o Sociology
Rogelio Sáenz, Karen Manges Douglas, and Maria Cristina Morales

7 Children and Youth
Brian K. Gran

8 Race, Class, and Gender
Mary Romero

9 Sexualities
Mary Bernstein

10 Animals and Society
Victoria Johnson and John Sanbonmatsu

11 Disability and Society
Jean M. Lynch

Institutions in Society

12 Medical Sociology
Susan W. Hinze and Heidi L. Taylor

13 Crime, Law, and Deviance
Joachim J. Savelsberg

14 Education
Nathalia E. Jaramillo, Peter McLaren, and Jean J. Ryoo

15 Family
Angela J. Hattery and Earl Smith

16 Organizations, Occupations, and Work
J. Kenneth Benson

17 Political Sociology
Thomas Janoski

18 Culture
Mark D. Jacobs and Lester R. Kurtz

19 Science, Knowledge, and Technology
Jennifer L. Croissant

20 Sociology of Law
Christopher N. J. Roberts

21 Religion
David V. Brewington

22 Economic Sociology
Clarence Y. H. Lo

Living Together Locally and Globally

23 Community and Urban Sociology
Kenneth Neubeck

24 Peace, War, and Social Conflict
Nader Saiedi

25 Environment and Technology
Francis O. Adeola and J. Steven Picou

26 Population
Jenniffer M. Santos-Hernández

27 Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Lyndi Hewitt

28 Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco
Jennifer Bronson

29 Rationality and Society
Valeska P. Korff, Mimi Zou, Tom Zwart, and Rafael Wittek

30 International Migration
Tanya Golash-Boza

31 Labor and Labor Movements
Héctor L. Delgado

32 Evolution, Biology, and Sociology
Rosemary L. Hopcroft

Methodology, Practice, and Theory

33 Methodology
Amir B. Marvasti and Karyn D. McKinney

34 Mathematical Sociology
Guillermina Jasso

35 Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis
Peter Eglin

36 Comparative and Historical Sociology
Jean H. Quataert and Benita Roth

37 Political Economy of the World-System
Tarique Niazi and Jeremy Hein

38 Social Psychology
Steven Hitlin and Matthew Andersson

39 Sociological Practice and Public Sociology
Jan Marie Fritz

40 Teaching and Learning
Corey Dolgon

41 History of Sociology
J. I. (Hans) Bakker

42 Theory
Elizabeth A. Gill

43 Emotions
Ann Branaman

44 Marxist Sociology
David Fasenfest

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