Sociologists have made several attempts to explain the globalisation of human rights and introduce a related idea of morality. This paper argues that these approaches often have shortcomings which are not only self-defeating sociologically but neglect the need to find a distinctive sociological contribution to the interdisciplinary understanding of the subject. It is argued that in re-establishing a link with its heritage of societal concern and recommendation, a sociological approach can be founded which engages more actively in providing solutions to these societal violations and helps to facilitate the increasing institutionalisation of human rights. A cosmopolitan approach superseding the current essentially nation-state view of responsibility for violation is argued as necessary in this process. A study of Turkey’s contemporary human rights problems in relation to the Armenian question illustrates the argument.
|Keywords:||Human Rights Cosmopolitanism Interdisciplinarity|
PhD Student, Sociology Department, Leicester University, Leicester, Leicestershire, UK
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