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Thesis (M.A., Sociology)--California State University, Sacramento, 2020.
Statement of Problem: Socially constructed identities of race, class, and gender have led to dramatic levels of inequality in the world by the year 2020. Historically, these issues have been framed and challenged as civil rights issues, but rarely have found lasting solutions to these problems by doing so. Realization of this led to a logical recognition; human rights is the next step in addressing issues of race, class, and gender inequality. Because sociology has done such astute research and analysis of these issues, conceptual aspects of the discipline (such as intersectionality) hold great promise in posing potential solutions to socially constructed forms of inequality. Sources of Data: The sources for this body of research consist of books, scholarly articles, editorial reports and publications, online publications, legal reports, scientific reports, and speeches. Several data sources that were obtained online indicated a writer or author by name, and at other times is reported by the publication, without a writer or author. The sources which are cited without page number are either from video footage, or online literature that included no page numbers from page to page. I incorporated various formats into my data sources to connect more current methods of learning such as the internet, YouTube, and other online platforms to the overall body of work. For the purpose of clarity, an editorial source appendix will be included prior to the references section. Conclusions Reached: This research revealed that human rights does hold potential promise in addressing inequalities of race, class, and gender in the United States of America. It also revealed that including human rights as a theoretical framework within sociology, specifically regarding intersectionality, may help strengthen the analysis and problem-solving ability of sociology as a whole.