Human Rights as Political Imaginary

Authors: Julián López, José

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  • Presents theoretically sophisticated and thoughtful analysis of the sociology of human rights
    Questions rather than reproduces mainstream sociological conceptions of human rights 
    Conceptualizes human rights as a political imaginary rather than as a moral ideal, a global ethic, or an emerging international legal standard

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In this book, López proposes the ‘political imaginary’ model as a tool to better understand what human rights are in practice, and what they might, or might not, be able to achieve. Human rights are conceptualised as assemblages of relatively stable, but not unchanging, historically situated, and socially embedded practices.  Drawing on an emerging iconoclastic historiography of human rights, the author provides a sympathetic yet critical overview of the field of the sociology of human rights. The book addresses debates regarding sociology’s relationships to human rights, the strengths and limits of the notion of practice, human rights’ affinity to postnational citizenship and cosmopolitism, and human rights’ curious, yet fateful, entanglement with the law.

Human Rights as Political Imaginary will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including sociology, politics, international relations and criminology.

About the authors

José Julián López is Professor at the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada.

Reviews

Human Rights as Political Imaginary is a brave, bold, and highly creative book. Its sustained engagement with highly diverse literatures makes it a genuine landmark study in the establishment of the sociology of human rights.” (Anthony Woodiwiss, author of Human Rights, and Making Human Rights Work Globally)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-13

    Julián López, José

  • Human Rights as Political Imaginary

    Pages 15-79

    Julián López, José

  • Sociological Foundationalism for Human Rights?

    Pages 81-151

    Julián López, José

  • Practising Human Rights

    Pages 153-229

    Julián López, José

  • Humanizing the Citizen

    Pages 231-317

    Julián López, José

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Human Rights as Political Imaginary
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-74274-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-74274-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-74273-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08952-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 475
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