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The Human Rights Enterprise: Political Sociology, State Power, and Social Movements
Date Thursday January 08
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
San Jose Peace and Justice Center
48 S. 7th Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorShelby Minister
Emailcoordinator [at] sanjosepeace.org
Address48 S. 7th Street San Jose, CA 95112
Book Talk by Author and Professor William Armaline, Human Rights Director at San Jose State University

Description: Why do powerful states like the U.S., U.K., China, and Russia repeatedly fail to meet their international legal obligations as defined by human rights instruments? How does global capitalism affect states’ ability to implement human rights, particularly in the context of global recession, state austerity, perpetual war, and environmental crisis? How are political and civil rights undermined as part of moves to impose security and surveillance regimes?

This book presents a framework for understanding human rights as a terrain of struggle over power between states, private interests, and organized, “bottom-up” social movements. The authors develop a critical sociology of human rights focusing on the concept of the human rights enterprise: the process through which rights are defined and realized. While states are designated arbiters of human rights according to human rights instruments, they do not exist in a vacuum. Political sociology helps us to understand how global neoliberalism and powerful non-governmental actors (particularly economic actors such as corporations and financial institutions) deeply affect states’ ability and likelihood to enforce human rights standards.

Suggested Donation $5-10
Copies of the book will be available for sale

Sponsored by San Jose Peace & Justice Center
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