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Human rights and the transformations of war

Bhatt, Chetan ORCID: 0000-0002-4025-4203 (2012) Human rights and the transformations of war. Sociology, 46 (5). pp. 813-824. ISSN 0038-0385

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0038038512450102


The article explores a range of themes in the sociology of human rights that arise from recent transformations of war and warfare. Despite declining armed conflict since the end of the Cold War, much military discourse in the post-9/11 context maintains an apocalyptic vision of global threats and total wars. One set of themes relates to changes in the nature and means of wars, such as the use of drones, the robotics revolution and complex irregular warfare. A second set of themes focuses on a dominant global policy context related to ungoverned territories, failed and fragile states and state-building – and the need to develop counterinsurgency states. These two sets of themes currently complement each other and their exploration is intended to demonstrate how a broader geosociology can expand our understanding of human rights beyond the often narrow, normative disciplinary frames within which they are commonly situated.

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Additional Information: © 2012 British Sociological Association
Divisions: Sociology
LSE Human Rights
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2012 09:11
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 17:06

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