Just Advocacy? / Edition 1

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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: 7/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 1
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
4 Autobiography's wounds 99
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
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