Human Rights in a Globalizing World

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What is the relevance of the concept of human rights in an age of increasing global interconnectivity, complexity and uncertainty? This provocative study connects the sociology of human rights with the field of global studies to explore what each can offer the other. Its thorough theoretical focus is informed by a broad range of controversial issues, including the genocides in Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the Israel/Palestine conflict and recent anti-capitalist protests. Thus it formulates the seemingly straightforward idea of human rights as a language-structure and emphasizes the need to think of globalization as a complex set of processes. Favouring complexity and contradiction over simplicity and consistency, this passionate and hopeful account provokes questions instead of providing clear-cut answers, and encourages readers to consider the emancipatory potential of human rights in a globalizing world.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherMacMillan International Higher Education
Number of pages175
ISBN (Electronic)9781137335975
ISBN (Print)9781137335968, 9781137335999
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2015

Publication series

NameSociology for Global Societies


  • Human Rights
  • Globalization
  • Sociology of Rights

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