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Studying Human Rights

ISBN13: 9780415326056
ISBN: 0415326052
Published: February 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £31.99

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"Studying Human Rights" draws on key theories and methods from the social sciences to develop a framework for the systematic study of human rights problems. It argues that solid empirical analysis of human rights problems rests on examining the observable practices from state and non-state factors that constitute human rights violations to provide plausible explanations for their occurrence and provide deeper understanding of their meaning. Such explanation and understanding draws on the theoretical insights from rational, structural, and cultural approaches in the social sciences. This book includes: an outline of the scope of human rights; the terrain of key factors that have an impact on human rights; a summary of the social science theories, methods and measures for studying human rights; a separate treatment of global comparative studies, truth commissions, and human rights impact assessment. "Studying Human Rights" is the first book to use the synthesis of social sciences approaches to studying human rights and its quantitative and qualitative approach provides useful insights. This book makes a unique contribution to the extant literature on human rights and is an invaluable tool for both scholars and practitioners of this area.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Table of contents Preface and acknowledgements List of tables List of figures Introduction: Studying Human Rights Social science and human rights Structure of the book Chapter 1: The Scope of Human Rights Categories and dimensions of human rights International human rights instruments Regional human rights instruments Limiting human rights? Suggestions for further reading Chapter 2: The Terrain of Human Rights Human rights organizational fields The complex terrain of human rights Suggestions for further reading Chapter 3: Social Theory and Human Rights Rationalism Structuralism Culturalism Areas of convergence Theorizing human rights Suggestions for further reading Chapter 4: Social Science Methods and Human Rights An epistemological continuum Cross-national generalizations and comparative methods Quantitative and qualitative evidence Methods matter Suggestions for further reading Chapter 5: Measuring Human Rights From concepts to indicators Extant measures Lacunae Suggestions for further reading Online resources for data on development, democracy, and human rights Chapter 6: Global Comparative Studies Research design and basic quantitative techniques Extant global comparative studies Limitations to global comparative analysis Suggestions for further reading Chapter 7: The Social Science of Truth Commissions Capturing the complexity of a human rights event Multiplying sources and statistical estimation More than 'getting the number right' Suggestions for further reading Chapter 8: Human Rights Impact Assessment Types of human rights impact assessment Theories of change and impact complexity Analytical techniques for impact assessment From past experiences to future planning Suggestions for further reading Chapter 9: Conclusion: Theory, Method and Substance in Human Rights Research Reviewing the main thrust of the book Remaining challenges for a social science of human rights References Footnotes