Human rights and ethical reasoning : capabilities, conventions and spheres of public action
Whiteside, Noel and Mah, Alice. (2012) Human rights and ethical reasoning : capabilities, conventions and spheres of public action. Sociology - The Journal of the British Sociological Association, 46 (5). pp. 921-935. ISSN 0038-0385Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038512450807
This interdisciplinary article argues that human rights must be understood in terms of opportunities for social participation and that social and economic rights are integral to any discussion of the subject. We offer both a social constructionist and a normative framework for a sociology of human rights which reaches beyond liberal individualism, combining insights from the work of Amartya Sen and from French convention theory. Following Sen, we argue that human rights are founded on the promotion of human capabilities as ethical demands shaped by public reasoning. Using French convention theory, we show how the terms of such deliberation are shaped by different constructions of collectively held values and the compromises reached between them. We conclude by demonstrating how our approach offers a new perspective on spheres of public action and the role these should play in promoting social cohesion, individual capabilities and human rights.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Sociology - The Journal of the British Sociological Association|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Official Date:||October 2012|
|Page Range:||pp. 921-935|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Description:||Special issue on the sociology of human rights.|
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