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Human Rights and Social Movements

--Stammers explores the link between social movements and human rights-- This book champions social movements as one of the most influential agents that shape our conceptions of human rights. Stammers argues that human rights cannot be properly understood outside of the context of social movement struggles. He explains how much of the literature on human rights has systematically obscured this link, consequently distorting our understandings of human rights. Stammers identifies the contours of a new framework through which human rights can be understood. He suggests that what he calls the 'paradox of institutionalisation' can only be addressed through a recognition of the importance of human rights arising out of grassroots activism, and through processes of institutional democratisation.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements List of Figures Introduction 1. Getting Beyond the Hall of Mirrors 2. The 'Sociality' Of Natural Rights 3. The Lost Nineteenth Century 4. The Paradox of Institutionalisation 5. New Movements? Old Wrongs? 6. Expressive and Instrumental Dimensions of Movement Activism 7. Analyses of Globalisation and Human Rights 8. Renewing the Challenge to Power Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Neil Stammers is Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, University of Sussex. He is the author of Civil Liberties in Britain During the Second World War (1983), and co-editor of Global Activism, Global Media (Pluto Press, 2005).


'Explores the difficult relationship between human rights and social movement activist practices.' -- Upendra Baxi, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Warwick. 'A lively, provocative and insightful discussion of human rights and social movements that goes to the heart of what human rights are, what they are not, and what we might aspire for them to be' -- Professor Richard A. Wilson, Director, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut

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