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Human Rights from a Third World Perspective: Critique, History and International Law Hardcover – Unabridged, March 1, 2013
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These essays demonstrate that from the earliest expressions of humanism in the Sixteenth century, by dissidents such as Bartolomé de las Casas, to contemporary Southern authors such as Upendra Baxi, the discourse of human rights has always been a locus of popular struggle against oppression by privileged elites. --Morton Emanuel Winston, Professor of Philosophy, The College of New Jersey; Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA
For too long human rights have arguably remained ambivalent instruments for the prevention and denunciation of genocides, violence and abuses to legal subjects, particularly at the heart of Western societies, while also becoming efficient tools in advancing cultural imposition and delegitimizing progressive struggles with alternative grammars of democracy. Instead of naively celebrating human rights, or simply dismissing them as purely European constructs or as liberal tools to prevent radical change, the contributors in this volume seek to identify alternative genealogies of and sources for thinking and rethinking human rights, while also providing new critical insights into standard human rights discourse. Here, we see a picture of what [it] is to think of human rights from the Third World, including the Third World in the North. The book clarifies and potently restates the imperative of decolonizing human rights discourse, and in the process making it more useful for the urgent social struggles in the Third World and beyond. A must read for everyone interested in human rights, their legacy, and their relevance for today. --Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley; author of Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity
An extraordinarily rich and compendious volume, a kind of post-colonial book of hours for human rights. The contributors diverse critical perspectives historical, philosophical, cultural, aesthetic, literary as well as juridical together accomplish a polychromatic retelling of human rights history and reimagining of human rights discourse, and each contribution is a textured illumination in its own right. --Scott Newton, Lecturer in Laws, and Member of the Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law, SOAS, University of London
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'The history of human rights is a subject that has been receiving a great deal of attention. Nevertheless, what is curious about some of this work is its provincial approach to an inherently cosmopolitan subject matter. This superb collection helps address the resulting problem, with outstanding essays that provide different accounts of the complex roles of the Third World and Third World thinkers in the history and development of international human rights law. It is an indispensable volume for anyone seeking to develop a global vision of international human rights law.
--Tony Anghie, Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law, University of Utah. Author of Imperialism, Sovereignty and the Making of International Law.
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