A unique volume designed to provoke an ongoing dialogue about fundamental human rights in our society

Edited by renowned scholars, Judith Blau and Mark Frezzo, this groundbreaking anthology examines the implications that human rights have for the social sciences. The book provides readers with a wide-ranging collection of articles, each written by experts in their fields who argue for an expansion of fundamental human rights in the United States. To provide an international context, the volume covers the human rights treaties that have been incorporated into the constitutions of many countries throughout the world, including wealthy nations such as Spain and Sweden and impoverished countries such as Bolivia and Croatia.

Deepening Civil and Political Rights

Deepening civil and political rights

The Sociological Approach

Drawing on the sociology of human rights—a field that analyzes the world historical conditions under which human rights declarations are drafted, debated, implemented, and enforced—this chapter examines the origins and impact of the most important documents produced by the United Nations (UN): the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which established a framework for the implementation of human rights across the world and became an important reference point, not only for the UN and its member nations, but also for national liberation movements in the Global South, and subsequently for such nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch; the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)1, which delineated ...

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