Science, Human Rights, Professional Ethics, SSF, AAAS


Sociologists Without Borders (SSF) has played a key role in the Science and Human Rights Coalition (SHRC) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This Coalition, which consists of nearly fifty scientific organizations, seeks to advance the human right to benefit from scientific progress and its application. This article critically evaluates SSF’s role in the SHRC. After providing background on the work, organization, and objectives of the Coalition, this article then elaborates on how sociologists, particularly representatives of the American Sociological Association and SSF, have collaborated with other scientists on various projects designed to implement this human right. These collaborative efforts give reason for hope. They suggest that science is being used to work towards greater equality and justice, and that SSF plays a positive role in this effort through its alliance with the SHRC