International Law from Below: Development, Social Movements and Third World Resistance / Edition 1

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Overview

The emergence of transnational social movements as major actors in international politics - as witnessed in Seattle in 1999 and elsewhere - has sent shockwaves through the international system. Many questions have arisen about the legitimacy, coherence and efficiency of the international order in the light of the challenges posed by social movements. This book offers a fundamental critique of twentieth-century international law from the perspective of Third World social movements - the first ever to do so. It examines in detail the growth of two key components of modern international law - international institutions and human rights - in the context of changing historical patterns of Third World resistance. Using a historical and interdisciplinary approach, Rajagopal presents compelling evidence challenging current debates on the evolution of norms and institutions, the meaning and nature of the Third World as well as the political economy of its involvement in the international system.
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"Important reading for members of social movements who hopefully will be inspired to create their own narrative about reshaping international law from below." Voluntas
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521016711
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/17/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,455,295
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I International law, development, and Third World resistance 7
1 Writing Third World resistance into international law 9
2 International law and the development encounter 24
Pt. II International law, Third World resistance, and the institutionalization of development: the invention of the apparatus 37
3 Laying the groundwork: the Mandate system 50
4 Radicalizing institutions and/or institutionalizing radicalism? UNCTAD and the NIEO debate 73
5 From resistance to renewal: Bretton Woods institutions and the emergence of the "new" development agenda 95
6 Completing a full circle: democracy and the discontent of development 135
Pt. III Decolonizing resistance: human rights and the challenge of social movements 163
7 Human rights and the Third World: constituting the discourse of resistance 171
8 Recoding resistance: social movements and the challenge to international law 233
9 Markets, gender and identity: a case study of the Working Women's Forum as a social movement 272
Pt. IV Epilogue 289
References 297
Index 330
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