Towards a New Sociology of Human Rights? A Review Essay on Hans Joas' Sacredness of the Person

iCourts Working Paper Series, No 43 2016

Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, 7:2 (2016), Forthcoming

29 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2016 Last revised: 12 Apr 2017

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Mikael Madsen

University of Copenhagen - iCourts - Centre of Excellence for International Courts; University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Law

Gert Verschraegen

Department of Sociology, University of Antwerp

Date Written: February 9, 2016

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Human Rights, Sociology, History, International Law, Hans Joas, Transnational Society

Suggested Citation

Madsen, Mikael and Verschraegen, Gert, Towards a New Sociology of Human Rights? A Review Essay on Hans Joas' Sacredness of the Person (February 9, 2016). iCourts Working Paper Series, No 43 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2729713 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2729713

Mikael Madsen (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen - iCourts - Centre of Excellence for International Courts ( email )

University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Law ( email )

Studiestraede 6
Studiestrade 6
Copenhagen, DK-1455
Denmark

Gert Verschraegen

Department of Sociology, University of Antwerp ( email )

Prinsstraat 13
Antwerp, Antwerp 2000
Belgium

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