Human rights are paradoxical. Advocates across the world invoke the idea that such rights belong to all people, no matter who or where they are. But since humans can only realize their rights in particular places, human rights are both always and never universal.
The Human Rights Paradox is the first book to fully embrace this contradiction and reframe human rights as history, contemporary social advocacy, and future prospect. In case studies that span Africa, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, and the United States, contributors carefully illuminate how social actors create the imperative of human rights through relationships whose entanglements of the global and the local are so profound that one cannot exist apart from the other. These chapters provocatively analyze emerging twenty-first-century horizons of human rightson one hand, the simultaneous promise and peril of global rights activism through social media, and on the other, the force of intergenerational rights linked to environmental concerns that are both local and global. Taken together, they demonstrate how local struggles and realities transform classic human rights concepts, including “victim,” “truth,” and “justice.”
Edited by Steve J. Stern and Scott Straus, The Human Rights Paradox enables us to consider the consequencesfor history, social analysis, politics, and advocacyof understanding that human rights belong both to “humanity” as abstraction as well as to specific people rooted in particular locales.
|Publisher:||University of Wisconsin Press|
|Series:||Critical Human Rights Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Steve J. Stern is the Alberto Flores Galindo and Hilldale Professor of History at the University of WisconsinMadison. He received the Bolton-Johnson Prize from the Conference in Latin American History in 2007 and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012. Scott Straus is a professor of political science and international studies at the University of WisconsinMadison. He is the author of The Order of Genocide and a coeditor of Remaking Rwanda.