The Human Rights Enterprise: Political Sociology, State Power, and Social Movements
1. The Human Rights Enterprise and a Critical Sociology of Human Rights
2. Power and the State: Global Economic Restructuring and the Global Recession
3. The Human Rights Enterprise: A Genealogy of Continuing Struggles
4. Private Tyrannies: Rethinking the Rights of “Corporate Citizens”
5. Current Contexts and Implications for Human Rights Praxis
Armaline, Glasberg, and Purkayastha use riveting and insightful examples to illustrate the character of the human rights enterprise as contested terrain. Despite its flaws, the human rights paradigm continues to empower and inspire those whose lives are most compromised by the dehumanizing forces of global capitalism.
Bruce K. Friesen, University of Tampa
This penetrating and provocative analysis brings the lens of critical sociology to bear on today's international human rights regime. It explores corporate and state abuses of power that constrain the protection and fulfilment of human rights, particularly within the United States. These abuses of power are being increasingly challenged by grass-roots movements aimed at ending gross human rights violations. The authors push the boundaries of political science, sociology, and human rights scholarship, and provide a rich and timely examination of contemporary attacks on human rights that will be helpful to both scholars and on-the-ground human rights advocates.
Ken Neubeck, University of Connecticut