This book uses a human rights framework to analyze how group-level social inequalities and injustices are socially constructed and maintained through violations of human rights on grounds of race, gender, sexuality, etc., and how human rights legislation can help such violations to effectively be redressed. Although it focuses primarily on democratic nations, it uses international case material to highlight key global issues.
Dr EVELYN KALLEN holds the position of Emeritus Professor and Senior Scholar at York University, Toronto, Canada. For some thirty years, she has devoted her academic teaching and research to furthering the understanding of human rights issues. She has nine published books to her name, as well as numerous articles and papers, and she is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Preface Introduction: A Human Rights Approach to the Analysis of Dominant/Subordinate Relations The Human Rights Perspective: International Human Rights The Social Construction of Inequality Prejudice and Discrimination: Building Blocks of Social Inequality The Experience of Degradation, Abuse and the Harmful Impact of Hate Equality/Equity-seeking Protest Movements 1: Women's Rights Equality/Equity-seeking Protest Movements 2: Gay and Lesbian Rights The Roots of the Aboriginal Movement: Colonialism and Cultural Genocide Aboriginal Rights and New Nationhood Movements Conclusion: Strengths and Weaknesses of the Current Human Rights System Appendices References Index