Speaking Rights to Power Constructing Political Will

ISBN-10: 0199982678
ISBN-13: 9780199982677
Edition: 2013
Authors: Alison Brysk
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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/2/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

How can "Speaking Rights to Power" construct political will to respond to human rights abuse worldwide? Examining dozens of cases of human rights campaigns, this book shows how carefully crafted communications build recognition, solidarity, and social change. Alison Brysk presents an innovative analysis of the politics of persuasion, based in the strategic use of voice, framing, media, protest performance, and audience bridging.Building on twenty years of research on five continents, this comprehensive study ranges from Aung San Suu Kyi to Anna Hazare, from Congo to Colombia, and from the Arab Spring to Pussy Riot. It includes both well-chronicled campaigns, such as the struggle to end violence against women, as well as lesser-known efforts, including inter-ethnic human rights alliances in the U.S. Brysk compares relatively successful human rights campaigns with unavailing struggles. Grounding her analysis in the concrete practice of human rights campaigns, she lays out testable strategic guidance for human rights advocates.Speaking Rights to Power addresses cutting edge debates on human rights and the ethic of care, cosmopolitanism, charismatic leadership, communicative action and political theater, and the role of social media. It draws on constructivist literature from social movement and international relations theory, and it analyzes human rights as a form of global social imagination. Combining a normative contribution with judicious critique, this book shows not only that human rights rhetoric matters-but how to make it matter more.

Alison Brysk is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Gershon Shafir is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Rhetoric for Rights
Speaking Rights
Historical Repertoires: Attention Must Be Paid
Voices: Heroes, Martyrs, Witnesses, and Experts
The Message Matters: Framing the Claim
Plotting Rights: The Power of Performance
Mobilizing Media: Is There an App for That?
Audiences: Constructing Cosmopolitans
Constructing Political Will: Another World is Possible
Notes
References
Index

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