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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.