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Mapping Current Research & Publications


For the purpose of mapping current research and publications into the sociology of rights, we offer this in four formats.


They are as follows:

  1. Study group publications (detailed below)

  2. Members' research & publications

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  4. General sociology of rIghts research (by members and non-members)



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Special Issue on the Sociology of Human Rights: International Journal of Human Rights Volume 14, Number 6, November 2010 (editors: Patricia Hynes, Michele Lamb, Damien Short, Matthew Waites)

Following the first Study Group workshop held at the end of 2009 (at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies), the existing study group convenors edited a Special Issue of the International Journal of Human Rights on the Sociology of Human Rights.  The Special Issue featured eight papers by study group members and an introduction from the editors.


About the Special Issue

The contribution analyses how the relationship between sociology and human rights could be better conceptualised and taken forward in the future.  The editors argue for the need to deepen existing analyses of what sociology can offer to the broad field of human rights scholarship, but also, more unusually, that sociologists need to focus more on what human rights related research can bring to sociology, to renew it as a discipline. The articles within the Special Issue take this forward by examining a series of themes including: the relationship between the individual and the social; the need to address inequality; the challenge of social engagement and activism; and the development of interdisciplinarity. Each contribution concludes by summarising proposals for future directions in sociological research.



          Patricia Hynes, Michele Lamb, Damien Short & Matthew Waites  
          Damien Short  
         Victoria Canning  
          Joanne Ferrie  
          Eunna Lee-Gong  
          Michele Grigolo  
         Hannah Miller  
          Jennifer Melvin  
         Patricia Hynes  
         Matthew Waites  
         Michele Lamb



Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D. and M. Waites, (Eds.), (2011), Sociology and Human Rights: New Engagements, Routledge, London  

Due to its critical content, the special issue of the International Journal of Human Rights (as detailed above) was also published by Routledge as an edited book.  


Recent News

As a result of the edited books' positive sales history, Routledge have recently informed the group that they are planning to produce a paperback edition which should be published on the 3rd September 2012.


Further detail

Sociology and Human Rights: New Engagements is the first collection to focus on the contribution sociological approaches can make to analysis of human rights. Taking forward the sociology of human rights which emerged from the 1990s, it presents innovative analyses of global human rights struggles by new and established authors. The collection includes a range of new work addressing issues such as genocide in relation to indigenous peoples, rights-based approaches in development work, trafficking of children, and children’s rights in relation to political struggles for the decriminalisation of same-sex sexual activity in India. It examines contexts ranging from Rwanda and South Korea to Northern Ireland and the city of Barcelona.


The collection as a whole is of interest to students and academics working in various disciplines such as politics, law and social policy, and to practitioners working on human rights for various governmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as to sociologists seeking to develop understanding of the sociology of human rights.



Sociology, Special Issue: the Sociology of Human Rights, Volume 46, Number 5, November 2012 (editors: Patricia Hynes, Michele Lamb, Damien Short, Matthew Waites)


The existing study group convenors edited the Special Issue of Sociology, on the Sociology of Human Rights.  The issue, addresses human rights as a crucial theme for contemporary sociology globally. The concept of human rights has become pervasive. Whether endorsed or criticised, it poses a challenge to which sociology must respond. 






Book Review Essays 


Book Reviews 

Background to the Special Issue

Following a Call for Papers that was circulated internationally, 83 submissions were received for the special issue on the Sociology of Human Rights.  This is the highest number of submissions ever received for a Special Issue of the journal, with many submissions being of exceptional quality. The existing convenors of the Study Group, with the Editorial and International Boards of the journal, then reviewed the submissions.  


Both the editorial team and the convenors found it particularly encouraging that leading authors who have previously written seminal papers on the sociology of rights submitted papers, as did several authors from around the world. 


Added to this, it was also noted that whilst there will not be space for all papers to be included in the Special Issue, it should be received as significant that the level of interest, commitment and, above all, quality of submissions were so high.  





Special Issue of The International Journal of Human Rights, Vol.16, Issue 8, 2012

A special issue entitled ‘New Directions in the Sociology of Human Rights’ was published in 2012 and included the following papers:

• Editorial Foreword, Patricia Hynes, Michele Lamb, Damien Short & Matthew Waites

• Understanding torture: the strengths and the limits of social theory, Lydia Morris

• Genocide and settler colonialism: can a Lemkin-inspired genocide perspective aid our understanding of the Palestinian situation?, Haifa Rashed & Damien Short

• ‘In countries like that…’ moral boundaries and implicatory denial in response to human rights appeals, Irene Bruna Seu

• The soldier, human rights and the military covenant: a permissible state of exception?, Ross McGarry, Gabe Mythen & Sandra Walklate

• Climate change and the human rights challenge: extending justice beyond the borders of the nation state, Tracey Skillington

• Causes and consequences of international migration: sociological evidence for the right to mobility, Tanya Golash-Boza & Cecilia Menjivar

• Corporate social responsibility: a duplicitous distraction?, Nicholas Connolly

• ‘You have a right to be nourished and fed, but do I have a right to make sure you eat your food?’: children's rights and food practices in residential care, Samantha Punch, Ian McIntosh & Ruth Emond 







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