Human Rights Movements in Latin America Research Paper by Master Researcher

Human Rights Movements in Latin America
An overview of the development and challenges facing human rights movements in Latin America.
# 30407 | 4,150 words | 9 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 18, 2003 in History (Latin America) , Latin-American Studies (General)

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This paper examines the human rights movements in Latin America and presents the thesis that the human rights movement proves to be closely linked to broader political issues. The paper demonstrates how the human rights movement cannot be separated from Latin American social, cultural and economic realities regarding the treatment of indigenous people, gays, women, blacks, poor and other secluded groups. The paper also discusses the relationships between the Catholic Church and human rights movements and explores the development of new challenges to human rights movements in Latin America.

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"The Collective Behavior is basically a functionalist-structuralist approach. It is based on an assumption that the whole society is like an "organism". If something goes wrong in one part, the society finds a way to "repair" it, or it will malfunction. Social movements, therefore, emerge as a reaction to "abnormal" conditions of tension between the major societal institutions; that strain causes malfunctioning of the whole social system. In general, according to the collective behavior approach, social movements are the symptom and manifestation of a sick society. A healthy society does not have social movements; it has a conditional form of political and social participation (ibid.).
"According to this approach, the emergence of human rights movements in Latin America is a rational reaction to the problems that wee not handled by the society and the state. It is the output of a dysfunction. It is a mild form while more severe outputs are revolutions or terrorist movements. The movement emerged because the demands for human rights were not fulfilled by the regime and other social powers didn't provide the solution for the regime's prosecutions. This approach is not viable, in my opinion, to the condition in Latin America, as the consensus (the state before the emergence of the human rights groups) can be hardly labeled as "normal" and "functional" (ibid.)."

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