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

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Overview

Balakrishnan Rajagopal's fundamental critique of modern international law draws attention to traditional Third World engagements. Rajagopal challenges current approaches to international law and politics either through states or through individuals. With transnational and local social movement action now becoming increasingly visible and important—as witnessed in Seattle in 1999, he demonstrates that a new global order must consider seriously the resistance of social movements in the development of international law.

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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: 9780521816465
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2009
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations; Preface and acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. International Law, Development and Third World Resistance: 1. Writing Third World resistance into international law; 2. International law and the development encounter; Part II. International Law, Third World Resistance and the Institutionalization of Development: the Invention of the Apparatus: 3. Laying the groundwork: the Mandate system; 4. Radicalizing institutions and/or institutionalizing radicalism? UNCTAD and the NIEO debate; 5. From resistance to renewal: Bretton Woods institutions and the emergence of the 'new' development agenda; 6. Completing a full circle: democracy and the discontent of development; Part III. Decolonizing Resistance: Human Rights and the Challenge of Social Movements: 7. Human rights and the Third World: constituting the discourse of resistance; 8. Recoding resistance: social movements and the challenge to international law; 9. Markets, gender and identity: a case study of the Working Women's Forum as a social movement; Part IV. Epilogue; References; Index.

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