The professional literature reflects a wide divergence of conceptualizations of human rights, although practice assumes a normative code. Contrasted with previous social science research, in which individuals are assessed in terms of operationalized normative definitions, this study employs social constructionism and Q methodology, in which individuals rank culturally embedded propositions about human rights. Of 10 emergent accounts (factors) open to exegesis, 5 are reported and are approached as plausibility structures, internally consistent gestalts that reflect culturally sedimented worldviews.

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Rex Stainton Rogers, & Celia Kitzinger. (1986). Human Rights: Bedrock or Mosaic?. Operant Subjectivity, 9(4), 123–134. doi:10.15133/j.os.1986.007