The SAGE Handbook of Human Rights will comprise a two volume set consisting of more than 50 original chapters that clarify and analyze human rights issues of both contemporary and future importance. The Handbook will take an inter-disciplinary approach, combining work in such traditional fields as law, political science and philosophy with such non-traditional subjects as climate change, demography, economics, geography, urban studies, mass communication, and business and marketing. In addition, one of the aspects of mainstreaming is the manner in which human rights has come to play a prominent role in popular culture, and there will be a section on human rights in art, film, music and literature.

Not only will the Handbook provide a state of the art analysis of the discipline that addresses the history and development of human rights standards and its movements, mechanisms and institutions, but it will seek to go beyond this and produce a book that will help lead to prospective thinking.

Social Science, Methods and Human Rights

Social science, methods and human rights


Social science analysis seeks to provide explanation and understanding of social phenomena through a variety of different methods. The promotion and protection of human rights across their different civil, political, economic, social and cultural categories comprise such phenomena. These categories of human rights show great variation across individual, subnational, national, regional and international levels of analysis. Like all social phenomena, however, their variation is uncertain, elusive and subject to different methodological approaches that seek to make meaningful inferences for scholars and practitioners with an interest in making the world a better place. Increasingly, social science research is informing larger policy debates within the international community and among practitioners in the non-governmental sector, where the ...

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