Human Rights in Cuba, El Salvador, and Nicaragua -A Sociological Perspective on Human Rights Abuse
Author: Mayra Gómez
Master eBook ISBN10 : 0-203-48758-3
Master eBook ISBN13 : 978-0-203-48758-7
No of pages : 240
eBook Price : $138
Originally Published : 2 Oct 2003
Human rights advocacy, as the focal point of the modern international humans rights movement, frequently calls for the implementation of effective strategies centred around international cooperation and intervention. The crafting of such strategies is seen as being critical to the creation of a global consciousness relating to human rights abuse, as well as contributing in a concrete way towards the improvement of within nation-state human rights practices. Yet, theories of human rights abuse within the social sciences have looked primarily at internal factors that are associated with repression and have generally left questions of international influence and historical context unproblematized.
In order to illuminate the inter-play between national and international levels of analysis, this dissertation research addresses long-term patterns of human rights abuse in Cuba, El Salvador and Nicaragua, from the late 1960s and 70s to the present day. This research enables the construction of detailed, event-centred analytic narratives on the history of human rights abuse in each country, and highlights key turning points in long-term human rights abuse patterns. The research addresses how international variables, including international normative pressures, serve to influence actual patterns of human rights abuse. Because of the qualitative nature of the research, this dissertation addresses not only change in relative levels of human rights abuse overtime, but also change in the type and visibility of abuse. By incorporating both internal (within-state) and external (international) variables, this analysis enables a better understanding of why human rights abuse patterns change within countries. The research findings offer important contributions to theoretical development within international relations and political sociology, and offer empirical insight to those engaged in human rights advocacy work.