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The Politics of Justice and Human Rights: Southeast Asia and Universalist Theory (Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies)

The Politics of Justice and Human Rights: Southeast Asia and Universalist Theory (Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies) Lowest new price: $24.95
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Author: Anthony J. Langlois
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This book makes a major contribution to the theory and practice of human rights, engaging in particular with the "Asian values" debate. It is especially concerned with the tension between a universal regime of human rights and its ability to accommodate diversity. Incorporating original fieldwork from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, the book also draws out the significance of Southeast Asian developments for international human rights discourse. It is likely to become a definitive account of political discussions of human rights in Southeast Asia and an important contribution to the development of human rights theory.

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The Practice of Human Rights: Tracking Law between the Global and the Local (Cambridge Studies in Law and Society)

The Practice of Human Rights: Tracking Law between the Global and the Local (Cambridge Studies in Law and Society) Lowest new price: $53.80
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Human rights are now the dominant approach to social justice globally. But how do human rights work? What do they do? Drawing on anthropological studies of human rights work from around the world, this book examines human rights in practice. It shows how groups and organizations mobilize human rights language in a variety of local settings, often differently from those imagined by human rights law itself. The case studies reveal the contradictions and ambiguities of human rights approaches to various forms of violence. They show that this openness is not a failure of universal human rights as a coherent legal or ethical framework but an essential element in the development of living and organic ideas of human rights in context. Studying human rights in practice means examining the channels of communication and institutional structures that mediate between global ideas and local situations. Suitable for use on inter-disciplinary courses globally.

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The Conspiracy of the Good: Civil Rights and the Struggle for Community in Two American Cities, 1875-2000 (History of Schools and Schooling)

The Conspiracy of the Good: Civil Rights and the Struggle for Community in Two American Cities, 1875-2000 (History of Schools and Schooling) Lowest new price: $37.14
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Author: Michael James E.
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The Conspiracy of the Good addresses nagging questions that are part of the public debate over schooling. Why do our public schools, especially those in poor and working-class communities of color, fail to live up to the promises of the American dream? Why do reforms, those standard items in political campaigns, fail to create meaningful change? This book argues that «progressive», well-meaning, good-hearted men and women, who often advocate «good intentions» in the name of «helping those in need», have ended up doing more harm than good. The Conspiracy of the Good explores how these «good intentions» go awry. Michael E. James argues that the core value of the American experience is conflict – not consensus – despite what mainstream historians have espoused over the last few decades.

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Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution

Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution Lowest new price: $16.14
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Author: Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
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Just a quick look at the news headlines on any given day is a powerful reminder that devastating armed conflicts worldwide are destroying lives and whole communities often in the name of religion. Hidden in the news, if reported on at all, are the brave religious leaders in these zones of violence, working to bring peace and reconciliation to their people. These inspiring men and women offer critical insights and skills for addressing today's most urgent conflicts. But their stories are rarely told. Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution shares the experiences of 16 such remarkable religious peacemakers who have put their lives on the line in conflicts around the world from Israel-Palestine to Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Sudan, South Africa, El Salvador, Indonesia and beyond. For each of them, religious texts and traditions have served both as a source of inspiration and as a practical resource in resolv ing conflict. These grassroots peacemakers are powerful, but underutilized actors for resolving some of the world's most horrifying conflicts. As such, this book contains timely information for diplomats, government officials, and resolution practitioners, as well as today's students of religion and international affairs, our future peacemakers. And in a world where religion-based conflict affects us all, this book provides critical lessons and much-needed hope for each of us.

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Human Rights Matters: Local Politics and National Human Rights Institutions (Stanford Studies in Human Rights)

Human Rights Matters: Local Politics and National Human Rights Institutions (Stanford Studies in Human Rights) Lowest new price: $44.56
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Author: Julie A. Mertus
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Among human rights advocates, dominant wisdom holds that the promotion and protection of human rights relies not on international efforts, but on domestic action. International institutions may capture news headlines, but it is national groups that effectively shape local expectations and ultimately make human rights matter. Through a series of case studies and an extensive range of interviews with the administrators and constituencies of national human rights institutions, Julie Mertus offers a close look at the day-to-day workings of these groups. She presents an unusual and lively set of European cases―examining Bosnia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, and Northern Ireland―to illustrate how local culture matters in promoting human rights. But even with the obvious successes of these institutions, Mertus offers a cautionary tale. National institutions are incredibly difficult to design and operate, and they are only as good as the domestic political and economic factors will allow. It is too frequently seen that the countries most supportive of human rights on the world stage may prove to be highly disappointing back home.

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Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice

Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice Lowest new price: $8.25
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Author: Paul Butler
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Paul Butler was an ambitious federal prosecutor, a Harvard Law grad who gave up his corporate law salary to fight the good fight—until one day he was arrested on the street and charged with a crime he didn’t commit. The Volokh Conspiracy calls Butler’s account of his trial “the most riveting first chapter I have ever read.”

In a book Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree calls “a must read,” Butler looks at places where ordinary citizens meet the justice system—as jurors, witnesses, and in encounters with the police—and explores what “doing the right thing” means in a corrupt system.

Since Let’s Get Free’s publication in spring 2009, Butler has become the go-to person for commentary on criminal justice and race relations: he appeared on ABC News, Good Morning America, and Fox News, published op-eds in the New York Times and other national papers, and is in demand to speak across the country. The paperback edition brings Butler’s groundbreaking and highly controversial arguments—jury nullification (voting “not guilty” in drug cases as a form of protest), just saying “no” when the police request your permission to search, and refusing to work inside the system as a snitch or a prosecutor—to a whole new audience.


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International Law from Below: Development, Social Movements and Third World Resistance

International Law from Below: Development, Social Movements and Third World Resistance Lowest new price: $38.36
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Author: Balakrishnan Rajagopal
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Balakrishnan Rajagopal's fundamental critique of modern international law draws attention to traditional Third World engagements. Rajagopal challenges current approaches to international law and politics either through states or through individuals. With transnational and local social movement action now becoming increasingly visible and important--as witnessed in Seattle in 1999, he demonstrates that a new global order must consider seriously the resistance of social movements in the development of international law.

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From Nuremberg to The Hague: The Future of International Criminal Justice

From Nuremberg to The Hague: The Future of International Criminal Justice Lowest new price: $27.25
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This collection is based on a lecture series organized jointly by Matrix Chambers and the Wiener Library in London between April and June 2002. Leading experts present papers examining the evolution of international criminal justice from its origins at Nuremberg through to the proliferation of international courts and tribunals based at The Hague today. The lectures will provide various perspectives on the subject for anyone interested in international criminal law--from specialists to non-specialists.

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How to Be French: Nationality in the Making since 1789

How to Be French: Nationality in the Making since 1789 Lowest new price: $22.00
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Author: Patrick Weil
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How to Be French is a magisterial history of French nationality law from 1789 to the present, written by Patrick Weil, one of France’s foremost historians. First published in France in 2002, it is filled with captivating human dramas, with legal professionals, and with statesmen including La Fayette, Napoleon, Clemenceau, de Gaulle, and Chirac. France has long pioneered nationality policies. It was France that first made the parent’s nationality the child’s birthright, regardless of whether the child is born on national soil, and France has changed its nationality laws more often and more significantly than any other modern democratic nation. Focusing on the political and legal confrontations that policies governing French nationality have continually evoked and the laws that have resulted, Weil teases out the rationales of lawmakers and jurists. In so doing, he definitively separates nationality from national identity. He demonstrates that nationality laws are written not to realize lofty conceptions of the nation but to address specific issues such as the autonomy of the individual in relation to the state or a sudden decline in population.

Throughout How to Be French, Weil compares French laws to those of other countries, including the United States, Great Britain, and Germany, showing how France both borrowed from and influenced other nations’ legislation. Examining moments when a racist approach to nationality policy held sway, Weil brings to light the Vichy regime’s denaturalization of thousands of citizens, primarily Jews and anti-fascist exiles, and late-twentieth-century efforts to deny North African immigrants and their children access to French nationality. He also reveals stark gender inequities in nationality policy, including the fact that until 1927 French women lost their citizenship by marrying foreign men. More than the first complete, systematic study of the evolution of French nationality policy, How to be French is a major contribution to the broader study of nationality.

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Freedom Is As Freedom Does: Civil Liberties in America

Freedom Is As Freedom Does: Civil Liberties in America Lowest new price: $8.79
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Author: Corliss Lamont
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In today's resurgence of radical right-wing politics, we must never forget how things were in the past, during the turbulent McCarthy era. In this 326-page book, Corliss Lamont reveals the gripping saga of the Congressional Inquisition and details its trampling on American Freedoms, including the facts of his own battles with Senator Joseph McCarthy, the U.S. State Department, the CIA, the FBI, and the U.S. Postal Service. Successful in each encounter, Lamont's landmark decisions continue to buttress the rights of us all to this day.

The book includes a Foreword by Bertrand Russell and an Introduction by H. H. Wilson.

This version of Freedom Is As Freedom Does: Civil Liberties in America is the Fourth Edition, 1990. The publication of this edition was supervised by Half-Moon Foundation, Inc.

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