Introduction to Sociology/Human Rights


Key Issues in the FieldEdit

Dominant PerspectivesEdit

Research ExamplesEdit

Recent research suggests that one key element in predicting societal instability is a "democracy gap." In countries where the populace have expectations for higher levels of political freedoms than they actually have, there are greater odds of revolutions and riots, like those that began in the Arab Spring in 2010.[1] This suggests a growing awareness of human rights and political freedoms around the world, including in authoritarian and dictatorial countries.

Race and Human RightsEdit

Class and Human RightsEdit

Gender and Human RightsEdit

Points of View: Micro-Meso-MacroEdit

Applying KnowledgeEdit

Further ReadingsEdit

Questions for DiscussionEdit

  1. Sheafer, Tamir, and Shaul Shenhav. 2013. “Political Culture Congruence and Political Stability Revisiting the Congruence Hypothesis with Prospect Theory.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 57(2):232–57.