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Sociologist expands US conversation on human rights
Date:2/23/2010

or his work on the journal.

"After working with Sociologists Without Borders, I realized that part of the problem is that American sociology is very American-centered," Brunsma said. "We need to realize that we are a global village. Only in the international conversation can you start to create theories and practices that shape the world to be a better place. The U.S. has not been very interested in that discussion and neither has American sociology this is problematic."

Brunsma's book series will include three separate publications, each with a different purpose. In the books, he hopes to include summaries from several prominent scholars in the field of sociology with insights on how human rights might change the questions American sociologists typically ask. The first book will be a large handbook, mainly for library use. Next, the handbook will be trimmed to a trade paperback version to be used for classrooms. The last installment of the series might include a dialogue with individuals from nonprofits and non-governmental organizations about human rights issues now and in the past, Brunsma said.

Brunsma's research has been published in Social Forces, Sociological Quarterly, Critical Sociology and Sociology Compass. The first installment of his series is scheduled for release in 2011.


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Contact: Kelsey Jackson
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573-882-8353
University of Missouri-Columbia
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