Expanding Human Rights


Expanding Human Rights

21st Century Norms and Governance

9781785368837 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Alison Brysk, Distinguished Professor, Department of Global Studies and Political Science and Michael Stohl, Professor of Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara, US
Publication Date: 2017 ISBN: 978 1 78536 883 7 Extent: 296 pp
The 21st century demands expanding rights, as the established human rights regime is necessary but not sufficient. This project will analyze the global dynamics of the mobilization of new actors, claims, institutions and modes of accountability. Our multi-disciplinary, multi-method analysis draws from a full range of global experience, with balanced attention to civil-political and social-economic rights; from LBGT movements in the new Europe to campaigns for the right to food in India.

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This multi-disciplinary book addresses the ever-expanding notion of human rights within the 21st century. By analyzing the global dynamics of the mobilization of new actors, claims, institutions and modes of accountability, Brysk and Stohl assess the potential and limitations of global reforms.

Expanding Human Rights gives a comprehensive overview of current human rights issues and the outlook for the future. The contributors present evidence of new methods for enforcing existing rights and new strategies for further development through in-depth analysis of campaigns and reforms from Eastern Europe, Japan, India, Africa and the US. These include rights of indigenous peoples, food and water rights, violence against women, child mortality and international financial and corporate responsibility.

This book will interest academics and advanced students in human rights, international affairs, political science and law. Policy makers and global human rights activists will find the analyses and insights concerning the expansion of rights and the often accompanying backlash to be of great use when approaching their next human rights campaign.
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‘Rather than focus on states, international and regional organizations, and major nongovernmental organizations, this volume looks more to the edges and margins of the struggle for human rights. An excellent group of authors offer a diverse but coherent set of perspectives on how new actors, new claims, and new responsibilities are (and in a few cases are not) expanding the meaning and range of human rights in order to make human rights a more effective tool in a greater range of struggles for social justice.’
– Jack Donnelly, University of Denver, US

‘This volume brings together first-rate, novel approaches to the myriad of changes and challenges operative in human rights practice unfolding in diverse thematic and geographic arenas. By pushing scholars to expand the parameters of their focus and guiding queries, and to attend more to process and leverage in normative change about rights, it enriches our scholarship significantly. And it presents the reader with an ongoing agenda for both disciplinary and multidisciplinary human rights research in the future.’
– George A. Lopez, University of Notre Dame, US

‘A prevalent view holds that internationally recognized human rights are currently much violated, hence one should institute a moratorium on new rights claims until existing norms become more effective. By comparison, in this volume Brysk, Stohl, and their colleagues argue mostly for new perspectives, new rights, and new or newly invigorated procedures for implementation. At the same time some authors here continue to emphasize the power of the repressive state to block progress. The resulting mix of views provides a stimulating commentary on human rights in our times.’
– David P. Forsythe, University of Nebraska, US
Contributors: J. Alley, C. Apodaca, P.M. Ayoub, M. Baer, A. Brysk, S. Hertel, R.E. Howard-Hassmann, V.M. Hudson, F.G. Isa, H. Jo, W. Sandholtz, C. Stohl, M. Stohl, K. Tsutsui


PART I Introduction
1. Expanding Human Rights
Alison Brysk

PART II Expanding Actors
2. A Struggle for Recognition and Rights: Expanding LGBT Activism
Philip M. Ayoub

3. How Do Global Human Rights Expand? A Case of Japan’s Burakumin Going Global
Kiyoteru Tsutsui

4. Indigenous Peoples: From Objects Of Protection To Subjects Of Rights
Felipe Gómez Isa

PART III Expanding Claims
5. Expanding Rights: New Frames For Violence Against Women
Alison Brysk

6. The Human Right to Water and Sanitation: Champions and Challengers in the Fight for New Rights Acceptance
Madeline Baer

7. Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility
Michael Stohl and Cynthia Stohl

PART IV Expanding Mechanisms
8. Forging Alternative Routes to Norms Change: Economic Rights Protagonists
Shareen Hertel

9. Expanding Rights: Norm Innovation in the European and Inter-American Courts
Wayne Sandholtz

10. Feminist Foreign Policy as State-Led Expansion of Human Rights
Valerie M. Hudson

PART V Expanding Responsibilities
11. Janus-faced: Rebel Groups and Human Rights Responsibility
Hyeran Jo and Joshua Alley

12. Expanding Responsibilities: The Consequences of World Bank and IMF Policies on Child Welfare
Clair Apodaca

13. Human Rights Contraction: Sovereignty and Denial of the Right to Food
Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann

PART VI Conclusion
14. Conclusions on Norms, Institutions and Processes
Michael Stohl


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