Toward a new sociology of human rights?Toward a new sociology of human rights?
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Centre on Inequality, Poverty, Social Exclusion and the City
2016Philadelphia, Pa :University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016
Humanity : an international journal of human rights, humanitarianism, and development. - Philadelphia, Pa, 2010, currens
7(2016):2, p. 273-293
University of Antwerp
While disciplines such as law and history have now developed distinct sub-fields of human rights research, sociology only more recently started developing a clear research agenda with regard to human rights. The work that is at the center of this article, sociologist Hans Joas' book "The Sacredness of the Person," is an important addition to the new sociological research into human rights. In this essay, we outline the key thesis underlying the book, namely the social process of sacralization of human personhood and discuss it against advances in the sociology of human rights, notably the sociology of law, and recent historical scholarship on human rights.