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Social Inequality and Social Injustice : A Human Rights Perspective - Evelyn Kallen

Social Inequality and Social Injustice

A Human Rights Perspective

Hardcover Published: 14th November 2003
ISBN: 9780333924266
Number Of Pages: 216

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This book uses a human rights framework to analyze how group-level social inequalities and injustices are socially constructed and maintained through violations of human rights on grounds of race, gender, sexuality, etc., and how human rights legislation can help such violations to effectively be redressed. Although it focuses primarily on democratic nations, it uses international case material to highlight key global issues.

List of Tables and Figuresp. xi
List of Key Human Rights Casesp. xii
List of Case Studiesp. xiii
Prefacep. xiv
Introduction: A Human Rights Approachp. 1
Social equality and social justicep. 1
Social scientific approaches to the study of dominant/subordinate relationsp. 3
The race and ethnic relations approach to dominant/subordinate relationsp. 3
The deviance approach to dominant/subordinate relationsp. 6
Limitations of social scientific approaches to the analysis of dominant/subordinate relationsp. 10
The Human Rights Perspective: International Human Rightsp. 13
Universal human rightsp. 13
The development of international human rights covenantsp. 14
The content of human rights provisionsp. 15
Justifiable restrictions on human rightsp. 16
Twin principles of human rights: human unity and cultural diversityp. 19
The debate over the universality of human rightsp. 19
Cultural diversity and collective rightsp. 24
Group-level rights and claims: distinguishing between collective and categorical group rightsp. 28
Concluding commentaryp. 29
The Social Construction of Inequalityp. 31
Introduction: the invalidation of differencep. 31
The myth of racial inferiority and superiorityp. 39
Race, ethnicity and human rightsp. 40
White racismp. 46
Anti-Semitismp. 48
Heterosexismp. 49
Hate propagandap. 50
Concluding commentaryp. 54
Prejudice and Discrimination: Building Blocks of Social Inequalityp. 56
Introductionp. 56
Prejudice and discriminationp. 56
Forms and levels of discriminationp. 60
Discrimination of silencep. 65
The relationship between prejudice and discriminationp. 67
Prejudice or discrimination?p. 70
Concluding commentaryp. 73
The Experience of Degradation, Abuse and the Harmful Impact of Hatep. 74
Violations of the rights of childrenp. 74
Violations of the human rights of members of vulnerable subordinate groupsp. 75
The experience of racial degradation and discrimination by members of aboriginal subordinate groupsp. 87
The experience of anti-Semitic degradation and discrimination by members of the Jewish subordinate populationp. 88
The experience of heterosexist degradation and discrimination by members of the gay and lesbian subordinate populationp. 91
The experience of abuse, degradation and hateful discrimination by members of subordinate populationsp. 93
Concluding commentaryp. 94
Equality/Equity-Seeking Protest Movements 1: Women's Rightsp. 96
Introductionp. 96
Strategies for changep. 96
Creating positive group identitiesp. 99
New social movementsp. 101
The women's rights and liberation movement in democratic societyp. 103
The backlashp. 111
After the millenniump. 111
Observations on Case Studies 5.1-5.3: views from the "other" womenp. 117
Concluding commentaryp. 118
Equality/Equity-Seeking Protest Movements 2: Gay and Lesbian Rightsp. 120
The gay and lesbian rights and liberation movementp. 120
Sub-cultures versus ethnoculturesp. 127
Gay and lesbian rights: critical issues for the twenty-first centuryp. 128
Concluding commentaryp. 140
The Roots of the Aboriginal Movement: Colonialism and Cultural Genocidep. 141
Introductionp. 141
Precursors of aboriginal protestp. 141
Extermination/genocide and assimilation/cultural genocidep. 149
Concluding commentaryp. 153
Aboriginal Rights and New Nationhood Movementsp. 154
Aboriginal protest movements as new social movementsp. 154
Aboriginal rights and new nationhood movementsp. 155
Concluding commentaryp. 173
Conclusion: Strengths and Weaknesses of the Current Human Rights Systemp. 176
Introductionp. 176
The relationship between national and international dimensions of human rightsp. 177
Claims put forward to the UN Human Rights Committee under the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rightsp. 178
Universality of human rights in cross-cultural contextp. 181
Coalition-building for recognition and implementation of the human rights of subordinate groupsp. 183
New social movements and coalition-building among subordinate groupsp. 184
Concluding commentaryp. 185
Universal Declaration of Human Rightsp. 186
Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoplesp. 192
Referencesp. 202
Indexp. 214
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ISBN: 9780333924266
ISBN-10: 0333924266
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 14th November 2003
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 15.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1

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