Call for Articles: The Sociology of Human Rights, Special Issue of Sociology.
The Sociology of
Special Issue Call for Papers
Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2011
Full Call for Papers available on British Sociological Association website here:
This special issue, to be published in October 2012, 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.
Contributions should address any aspect of human rights in any specific or general context worldwide, while also engaging with sociological research in a sustained way.
Possible themes include:
New sociological research on human rights contraventions
Human rights activism and activist sociology
Relationships and gulfs between human rights ideals and lived experiences
Civil, political, economic, social, cultural and ‘solidarity’ (environment, development, peace) rights
Human rights law, norms, institutions, regimes, discourses and practices
Equality and human rights in the United Kingdom, Europe and globally
Human rights, citizenship, social policy and welfare; human rights and education
Sociology’s relationship to normative human rights theories
Human rights and multiple social inequalities: raciality, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, religion, disability, age, migration, national minorities
The sociology of human rights in the shadow of war and conflict
Human rights, cosmopolitanism, colonialism, imperialism and militarism
The sociology of genocide and gross human rights violations
Human rights, social movements and non-governmental organisations
Meanings and practices of development, especially in the global South
Human rights, subjectivity and experiences of entitlement and agency
Classical and contemporary social theory, the human and rights, from Marx; post-structuralism and governmentality; Agamben’s states of exception
Methodologies, methods and ethics in research on human rights
Political repression, torture and exploitation
The special issue will be edited by the BSA Sociology of Rights Study Group Convenors:
Patricia Hynes (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children); Michele Lamb (Roehampton University); Damien Short (Institute of Commonwealth Studies) and Matthew Waites (University of Glasgow).
Sociology is a journal of the British Sociological Association
The editors welcome contributions engaged with sociology from early career and established academics, and from those engaged with sociology but working in other disciplines or outside academia (such as human rights activists and practitioners).
Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2011 (full papers)
Word limit: 7000 words
Submissions will be accepted via http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/soc
Full submission instructions are available on this site on the ‘Instructions and Forms’ page. Please read these in full well before submitting your manuscript.
All manuscripts will be subject to the normal referee process, but potential authors are welcome to discuss their ideas in advance with the editors.
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