Social Inequality and Social Injustice A Human Rights Perspective

ISBN-10: 0333924282

ISBN-13: 9780333924280

Edition: 2004

Authors: Evelyn Kallen

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How can we explain discrimination, oppression and social injustice in democratic societies whose laws and social policies are predicated upon principles of justice and equity for all citizens? This book, by a leading international authority, uses a human rights framework to analyze how group-level inequalities and injustices are socially constructed and maintained, and also how human rights legislation can help such violations to be effectively redressed. Ambitious and topical, the book provides a comparative conceptual perspective designed to shed light on the similarities and differences in the human rights issues facing such diverse populations as: indigenous peoples, racial and ethnic minorities, children and older people, women, gay men and lesbians, disabled people. Drawing upon a wide range of international case material, the book links theory, analysis, policy and practice; this, and its clear introductory style, make it an important text for readers across the social sciences, including sociology, social policy, politics and socio-legal studies. Book jacket.
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Book details

List price: $52.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 11/14/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

List of Tables and Figures
List of Key Human Rights Cases
List of Case Studies
Preface
Introduction: A Human Rights Approach
Social equality and social justice
Social scientific approaches to the study of dominant/subordinate relations
The race and ethnic relations approach to dominant/subordinate relations
The deviance approach to dominant/subordinate relations
Limitations of social scientific approaches to the analysis of dominant/subordinate relations
The Human Rights Perspective: International Human Rights
Universal human rights
The development of international human rights covenants
The content of human rights provisions
Justifiable restrictions on human rights
Twin principles of human rights: human unity and cultural diversity
The debate over the universality of human rights
Cultural diversity and collective rights
Group-level rights and claims: distinguishing between collective and categorical group rights
Concluding commentary
The Social Construction of Inequality
Introduction: the invalidation of difference
The myth of racial inferiority and superiority
Race, ethnicity and human rights
White racism
Anti-Semitism
Heterosexism
Hate propaganda
Concluding commentary
Prejudice and Discrimination: Building Blocks of Social Inequality
Introduction
Prejudice and discrimination
Forms and levels of discrimination
Discrimination of silence
The relationship between prejudice and discrimination
Prejudice or discrimination?
Concluding commentary
The Experience of Degradation, Abuse and the Harmful Impact of Hate
Violations of the rights of children
Violations of the human rights of members of vulnerable subordinate groups
The experience of racial degradation and discrimination by members of aboriginal subordinate groups
The experience of anti-Semitic degradation and discrimination by members of the Jewish subordinate population
The experience of heterosexist degradation and discrimination by members of the gay and lesbian subordinate population
The experience of abuse, degradation and hateful discrimination by members of subordinate populations
Concluding commentary
Equality/Equity-Seeking Protest Movements 1: Women's Rights
Introduction
Strategies for change
Creating positive group identities
New social movements
The women's rights and liberation movement in democratic society
The backlash
After the millennium
Observations on Case Studies 5.1-5.3: views from the "other" women
Concluding commentary
Equality/Equity-Seeking Protest Movements 2: Gay and Lesbian Rights
The gay and lesbian rights and liberation movement
Sub-cultures versus ethnocultures
Gay and lesbian rights: critical issues for the twenty-first century
Concluding commentary
The Roots of the Aboriginal Movement: Colonialism and Cultural Genocide
Introduction
Precursors of aboriginal protest
Extermination/genocide and assimilation/cultural genocide
Concluding commentary
Aboriginal Rights and New Nationhood Movements
Aboriginal protest movements as new social movements
Aboriginal rights and new nationhood movements
Concluding commentary
Conclusion: Strengths and Weaknesses of the Current Human Rights System
Introduction
The relationship between national and international dimensions of human rights
Claims put forward to the UN Human Rights Committee under the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Universality of human rights in cross-cultural context
Coalition-building for recognition and implementation of the human rights of subordinate groups
New social movements and coalition-building among subordinate groups
Concluding commentary
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
References
Index
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