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In an era of globalization and greater connectivity, human rights have come to the fore. Human rights depend on treaties but also increasingly on local and national laws and grassroots activism. The authors provide a basic introduction to human rights, and they unveil long-standing yet intensifying obstacles to attaining them-most notably the opposing logics of capitalism and of solidarity and collective struggles. They suggest ways to overcome these contradictions and create greater participation by the U.S. in the international community.
Judith Blau, Professor of Sociology at UNC Chapel Hill, is the president of the U.S. chapter of Sociologists Without Borders and past president of the Southern Sociological Association. Earlier books include Architects and Firms, Sociology of Art, The Shape of Culture, Social Contracts and Economic Markets, and Race in the Schools. Alberto Moncada has a law degree and advanced degrees in sociology and education. He has taught at universities in Madrid and the U.S. Currently he is Vice President of UNESCO Spain and President of Sociologists without Borders International. He has published over thirty Spanish-language books on various topics including the media, Latino culture, and education.
List of Boxes Preface Chapter 1: The Logic of Human Rights Chapter 2: The Human Rights Framework Chapter 3: In Defense of Society Chapter 4: Recognition: Culture and Ethics Chapter 5: Economic Myths, Realities, and Possibilities Chapter 6: The Equality Project Chapter 7: Humanitarian Crimes and Human Rights Violations Chapter 8: Solidarities Chapter 9: Just the Beginning Notes Bibliography Index About the Authors
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