Human rights in the United States : beyond exceptionalism /

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Imprint:Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2011.
Description:xxvi, 366 p. ; 23 cm.
Subject:Human rights -- United States.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights.
Human rights.
United States.
Format: Print Book
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Other uniform titles:Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (1966 December 16)
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966 December 16)
Other authors / contributors:Hertel, Shareen.
Libal, Kathryn, 1968-
ISBN:9781107008465 (hardback)
1107008468 (hardback)
9781107400870 (paperback)
1107400872 (paperback)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:"This book brings to light emerging evidence of a shift toward a fuller engagement with international human rights norms and their application to domestic policy dilemmas in the United States. The volume offers a rich history, spanning close to three centuries, of the marginalization of human rights discourse in the United States. Contributors analyze particular cases of U.S. human rights advocacy aimed at addressing persistent inequalities within the United States itself, including advocacy on the rights of persons with disabilities; indigenous peoples; lone mother-headed families; incarcerated persons; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people; and those displaced by natural disasters, most notably Hurricane Katrina. The book also explores key arenas in which legal scholars, policy practitioners, and grassroots activists are challenging multiple divides between "public" and "private" spheres (for example, in connection with children's rights and domestic violence) and between "public" and "private" sectors (specifically, in relation to healthcare and business and human rights)"--Provided by publisher.
Table of Contents:
  • Foreword: are Americans human? Reflections on the future of progressive politics in the United States
  • 1. Paradoxes and possibilities: domestic human rights policy in context
  • Part I. Structuring Debates, Institutionalizing Rights
  • 2. The yellow sweatshirt: human dignity and economic human rights in advanced industrialized democracies
  • 3. The welfare state: a battleground for human rights
  • 4. Drawing lines in the sand: building economic and social rights in the United States
  • 5. State and local commissions as sites for domestic human rights implementation
  • Part II. Challenging Public/Private Divides
  • 6. The curious resistance to seeing domestic violence as a human rights violation in the United States
  • 7. At the crossroads: children's rights and the U.S. government
  • 8. Entrenched inequity: healthcare in the United States
  • 9. Business and human rights: a new approach to advancing environmental justice in the United States
  • Part III. From the Margins to the Center: Making Harms Visible through Human Rights Framing
  • 10. The law and politics of U.S. participation in the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities
  • 11. The anomaly of citizenship for indigenous rights
  • 12. Human rights violations as obstacles to escaping poverty: the case of lone mother-headed families
  • 13. The human rights of children in conflict with the law: lessons for the U.S. human rights movement
  • 14. LGBT rights as human rights in the United States: opportunities lost
  • 15. No shelter: disaster politics in Louisiana and the struggle for human rights