Most Americans would be surprised to learn that their government has declined to join most other nations in UN treaties addressing inadequate housing, poverty, children's rights, health care, racial discrimination, and migrant workers. Yet this book documents how the U.S. has, for decades, declined to ratify widely accepted treaties on these and many other basic human rights. Providing the first comprehensive topical survey, the contributors build a case and specific agendas for the nation to change course and join the world community as a protector of human rights.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figures Introduction, Frances Fox Piven Chapter 1 Human Vulnerabilities: On Individual and Social Rights, Bryan S. Turner Chapter 2 Rights to Housing, Dave Overfelt and David L. Brunsma Chapter 3 Health as a Human Right, Antonio Ugalde and Nuria Homedes Chapter 4 Labor Rights and Rights of Workers, Vincent J. Roscigno and Andrew W. Martin Chapter 5 Rights of the Child, Brian K. Gran Chapter 6 Rights of Migrants and Minorities, Cecilia Menjivar and Ruben G. Rumbaut Chapter 7 Women's Rights, Tola Olu Pearce Chapter 8 Rights of People with Disabilities, Jean M. Lynch Chapter 9 Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Keri E. Iyall Smith Chapter 10 The Human Rights to Sexual and Gender Self-Expression, Gerald F. Lackey Chapter 11 Language Rights as Human Rights, Tanya Golash-Boza and Douglas Parker Chapter 12 Cultural Rights, Rodne D. Coates Chapter 13 Rights to Water, Food, and Development, Jenniffer M. Santos-Hernandez and John Barnshaw Chapter 14 Environmental Rights, Damayanti Banerjee Chapter 15 Rights of Prisoners, Angela Hattery and Earl Smith Chapter 16 Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, John Hagan and Wenona Rymond-Richmond Chapter 17 Rights to Participate in Democracy, Mark Frezzo Chapter 18 The Social Forum Process and Human Rights, Marina Karides Chapter 19 Freedom and Security, Judith Blau and Alberto Moncada Postscript, Jack Donnelly Index About the Editors and Contributors