Children’s rights appear universal, inalienable, and indivisible, intended to advance young people’s interests. Yet, in his new book, 'The Sociology of Children’s Rights', Professor Brian Gran (Case Western Reserve University) argues that current frameworks hinder young people from possessing and benefiting from human rights, arguing that they function as cynical invitations to question whether we truly believe children are endowed with human rights. Brian will be discussing his interdisciplinary research and inviting feedback on this contentious issue, in a seminar which will be of interest to those studying human rights in sociology, political science, law, social work, and childhood studies.
Brian Gran is a Professor of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University and is past Chair of the American Sociological Association Human Rights Section. He has an interest in interdisciplinary work, drawing on sociology, law, and public policy research with a focus on how we use rights as means by which to improve well-being. He is currently serving as a Jefferson Science Fellow with a Bureau of the U.S. Department of State’s Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights.