Human rights in our own backyard : injustice and resistance in the United States /

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Bibliographic Details
Edition:1st ed.
Imprint:Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2011.
Description:xiv, 325 p. ; 24 cm.
Series:Pennsylvania studies in human rights
Pennsylvania studies in human rights.
Subject:Human rights -- United States.
Human rights -- Government policy -- United States.
Human rights.
Human rights -- Government policy.
United States.
Format: Print Book
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Varying Form of Title:Injustice and resistance in the United States
Injustice and resistance in the U.S.
Other authors / contributors:Armaline, William T.
Glasberg, Davita Silfen.
Purkayastha, Bandana, 1956-
ISBN:9780812243604 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0812243609 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [267]-303) and index.
Summary:"Most Americans assume that the United States provides a gold standard for human rights--a 2007 survey found that 80 percent of U.S. adults believed that 'the U.S. does a better job than most countries when it comes to protecting human rights.' As well, discussions among scholars and public officials in the United States frame human rights issues as concerning people, policies, or practices 'over there.' By contrast, the contributors to this volume argue that many of the greatest immediate and structural threats to human rights, and some of the most significant efforts to realize human rights in practice, can be found in our own backyard. Human Rights in Our Own Backyard examines the state of human rights and responses to human rights issues, drawing on sociological literature and perspectives to interrogate assumptions of American exceptionalism. How do people in the U.S. address human rights issues? What strategies have they adopted, and how successful have they been? Essays are organized around key conventions of human rights, focusing on the relationships between human rights and justice, the state and the individual, civil rights and human rights, and group rights versus individual rights. The contributors are united by a common conception of the human rights enterprise as a process involving not only state-defined and implemented rights but also human rights from below as promoted by activists"--Provided by publisher.
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This edited collection contains a series of strong essays on various aspects of human rights in the US. Covering economic rights, social rights, cultural rights, and civil and political rights, each chapter takes a social issue and reframes it in a human rights context. Thus, the incarceration of minority youth, the Patriot Act, Native American land claims, labor issues, and more all are examined in terms of human rights. The resulting book makes a strong and vital case for considering these issues as human rights violations. The book is well structured and quite tight for an edited collection. Contributors often refer to other chapters in the book, an effect that creates a more unified whole than one might expect in an edited volume. The variety of authors--academics, community organizers, graduate students, human rights advocates--makes for interesting, and at times quite compelling, reading, and the immediacy of many of the topics (unemployment, food security, housing foreclosures) makes for timely, important contemporary reading. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. J. B. Edwards University of Montana

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