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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.

Globalizing the Human Rights Perspective
Globalizing the human rights perspective
BruceK.Friesen

Sociologists have long been interested in studying the nature of social change. Indeed, the rapid industrialization of Western countries in the nineteenth century spawned new questions regarding social cohesion and inequality in mass, complex societies. Theorists such as Auguste Comte, Herbert Spencer, and William Graham Sumner developed sociocultural theories of social change that conceived of social change moving in a linear direction from primitive to complex, largely determined by factors unnoticed by the general population. Emile Durkheim ([1933] 1984), for example, argued that the nature of social cohesion undergoes a fundamental change from organic to mechanical solidarity during the process of modernization. Socioevolutionary theories developed prior to and apart from biological theories of evolution, but some ...

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