Just Advocacy? / Edition 1

Just Advocacy? / Edition 1

by Wendy S. Hesford
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813535891

ISBN-13: 9780813535890

Pub. Date: 07/01/2005

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

In the continuing estrangement between the West and the Muslim Middle East, human rights are becoming increasingly enmeshed with territorial concerns. Marked by both substance and rhetoric, they are situated at the heart of many foreign policy decisions and doctrines of social change, and often serve as a justification for aggressive actions.
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Overview

In the continuing estrangement between the West and the Muslim Middle East, human rights are becoming increasingly enmeshed with territorial concerns. Marked by both substance and rhetoric, they are situated at the heart of many foreign policy decisions and doctrines of social change, and often serve as a justification for aggressive actions.
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 juridicial 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 both for scholars and activists.
Wendy S. Hesford is an associate professor of English at Ohio State University. Wendy Kozol is an associate professor of gender and women's studies at Oberlin College.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813535890
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Sales rank:
1,019,891
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction1
Pt. 1Human rights, trans/nationalisms, and cultures of security
1Claiming Afghan women : the challenge of human rights discourse for transnational feminism33
2The boundaries of terror : feminism, human rights, and the politics of global crisis56
3The campaign for fair trials abroad : long-distance nationalism and post-imperial anxiety75
Pt. 2Human rights and the evidence of experience
4Autobiography's wounds99
5Belated narrating : "grandmothers" telling stories of forced sexual servitude during World War II120
6Kairos and the geopolitical rhetorics of global sex work and video advocacy146
7Misrepresentations of missing women in the U.S. press : the rhetorical uses of disgust, pity, and compassion173
Pt. 3Correspondences : activist and "official" networks
8Intensifications : representing gender and sexuality at the UN general assembly special session on HIV/AIDS195
9Human rights, feminism, and transnational labor solidarity221
10Feminist strategic rethinking of human rights discourses in education243
11Piercing the veil266

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