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In humanitarian and political debates about the topic, women and children are frequently considered first. Since the 1990s, human rights have become the most legitimate and legitimizing juridical and cultural claim made on a woman's behalf. But what are the consequences of equating women's rights with human rights? As the eleven essays in this volume show, the impact is often contradictory.
Bringing together some of the most respected scholars in the field, including Inderpal Grewal, Leela Fernandes, Leigh Gilmore, Susan Koshy, Patrice McDermott, and Sidonie Smith, Just Advocacy? sheds light on the often overlooked ways that women and children are further subjugated when political or humanitarian groups represent them solely as victims and portray the individuals that are helping them as paternal saviors.
Drawn from a variety of disciplinary perspectives in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, Just Advocacy? promises to advance a more nuanced and politically responsible understanding of human rights for both scholars and activists.
|Pt. 1||Human rights, trans/nationalisms, and cultures of security|
|1||Claiming Afghan women : the challenge of human rights discourse for transnational feminism||33|
|2||The boundaries of terror : feminism, human rights, and the politics of global crisis||56|
|3||The campaign for fair trials abroad : long-distance nationalism and post-imperial anxiety||75|
|Pt. 2||Human rights and the evidence of experience|
|5||Belated narrating : "grandmothers" telling stories of forced sexual servitude during World War II||120|
|6||Kairos and the geopolitical rhetorics of global sex work and video advocacy||146|
|7||Misrepresentations of missing women in the U.S. press : the rhetorical uses of disgust, pity, and compassion||173|
|Pt. 3||Correspondences : activist and "official" networks|
|8||Intensifications : representing gender and sexuality at the UN general assembly special session on HIV/AIDS||195|
|9||Human rights, feminism, and transnational labor solidarity||221|
|10||Feminist strategic rethinking of human rights discourses in education||243|
|11||Piercing the veil||266|