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This pioneering book demonstrates how diverse traditions of sociological idea can give a contribution to an knowing of the speculation and perform of rights. It offers a sociological remedy of a variety of substantive concerns yet by no means loses sight of the key theoretical questions.


  • considers a few assorted circumstances of public intervention, together with welfare, being concerned, psychological well-being provisions, pensions, justice and loose speech along the rights matters they raise
  • examines the query of rights from the perspective of detailed inhabitants teams, resembling prisoners and sufferers, ladies, ethnic minorities, indigenous peoples and lesbians and gays.

A key strength is its designated presentation and research of alternative features of rights and its exploration of numerous analytical views. Rights are considered, no longer by way of moral simple task, yet because the manufactured from social tactics and a part of transferring terrain that's open to negotiation.

Including a theoretical critique of current views, Rights deals a various and distinct exploration of the contribution sociological idea could make to this more and more vital element of social lifestyles and is a useful relief to scholars learning during this zone.

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