Advocating Dignity: Human Rights Mobilizations in Global Politics

Advocating Dignity: Human Rights Mobilizations in Global Politics

by Jean H. Quataert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812241630

ISBN-13: 9780812241631

Pub. Date: 08/25/2009

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

"In Advocating Dignity, Jean H. Quataert explores the emergence, development, and impact of the human rights revolution following World War II. Intertwining popular local and national mobilizations for rights with ongoing developments of a formal international system of rights monitoring in the United Nations, Quataert argues that human rights advocacy networks

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"In Advocating Dignity, Jean H. Quataert explores the emergence, development, and impact of the human rights revolution following World War II. Intertwining popular local and national mobilizations for rights with ongoing developments of a formal international system of rights monitoring in the United Nations, Quataert argues that human rights advocacy networks have been a vital dimension of international political developments since 1945." "Recalling the popular slogan "think globally, act locally," Quataert contends that postwar human rights have been significantly shaped by the efforts of people at the grassroots. She shows that human rights politics are constituted by local agencies, actions, and contingencies and reinforced by transnational linkages in international society. The UN system is continuously reinvigorated and strengthened by its ties to local individuals, organizations, and groups engaged in day-to-day rights advocacy. This daily work, in turn, is supported by the ongoing activities from above." Drawing widely from many fields of inquiry, including legal studies, philosophy, international relations theory, political science, and gender history, Advocating Dignity is an innovative study that narrates the hopes and bitter struggles that have altered the course of international and domestic relations over the past sixty years.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812241631
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date:
08/25/2009
Series:
Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction The New Moral Order: Between Human Dignity and Territorial Sovereignty 1

1 Raising the Bar, 1900-1949 19

Pt. I An Emerging Human Rights Orthodoxy: The First Round 61

2 Cold War Politics and Human Rights Publics: The International Antiapartheid and Soviet Dissident Movements, 1952-90 69

3 Mothers' Courage and U.N. Monitoring of Disappearance, 1973-83 109

Pt. II The Debate Continues: Critics and New Mechanisms 141

4 The Gender Factor since the 1970s: Universality and the Private Sphere 149

5 Citizenship, Socioeconomic Rights, and the Courts in the Age of Transnational Migrations 182

Pt. III Human Rights at a Crossroads: Wars, Crimes, and Priorities 221

6 Ethnic Violence, Humanitarian Intervention, and Criminal Accountability in the 1990s 229

7 September 2001 and History 262

Conclusion: Making a Difference 294

Notes 307

Index 341

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