Frezzo, Mark. Sociology of Human Rights, Cambridge: UK, Polity Press, 2015.
Armaline, William T., Davita Silfen Glasberg, and Bandana Purkayastha. The Human Rights Enterprise: Political Sociology, State Power, and Social Movements, Cambridge: UK, Polity Press, 2015.
Sociology of Human Rights and The Human Rights Enterprise: Political Sociology, State Power, and Social Movements add a sociological voice to the human rights paradigm. They make a significant contribution by coherently communicating the plethora of analysis already conducted in this area. For scholars and students concerned with human rights, these books should provide an excellent foundation for understanding the sociological perspective. The Human Rights Enterprise analyzes human rights as a terrain of struggle over power between states, private interests, and social movements. The authors set out to identify the potential contribution and utility of political sociology in understanding and interpreting human rights. In Sociology of Human Rights, on the other hand, the author explores how sociologists contribute to the understanding of human rights around the world. The book starts with the definition of human rights, classifies the different categories of human rights, and finally examines whether human rights either empower or constrain social actors.
One part of the picture the authors put forward is the notion that sociologists bring fresh perspective to the analysis of the origins, evolution, and possible human rights norms. Mark Frezzo, for example, defines concepts such as rights effects, rights claims, rights bundles, and rights conditions in great detail (pp. 4-5). Frezzo also demonstrates how the interdisciplinary study of human...