Imperialism and Human Rights Colonial Discourses of Rights and Liberties in African History

ISBN-10: 0791469247
ISBN-13: 9780791469248
Edition: 2007
Authors: Bonny Ibhawoh
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Description: In this seminal study, Bonny Ibhawoh investigates the links between European imperialism and human rights discourses in African history. Using British-colonized Nigeria as a case study, he examines how diverse interest groups within colonial society  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 1/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 242
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

In this seminal study, Bonny Ibhawoh investigates the links between European imperialism and human rights discourses in African history. Using British-colonized Nigeria as a case study, he examines how diverse interest groups within colonial society deployed the language of rights and liberties to serve varied socioeconomic and political ends. Ibhawoh challenges the linear progressivism that dominates human rights scholarship by arguing that in the colonial African context, rights discourses were not simple monolithic or progressive narratives. They served both to insulate and legitimize power just as much as they facilitated transformative processes. Drawing extensively on archival material, this book shows how the language of rights, like that of "civilization" and "modernity," became an important part of the discourses deployed to rationalize and legitimize empire.

List of Illustrations
Foreward
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
The Subject of Rights and the Rights of Subjects
Right, Liberties, and the Imperial World Order
Stronger than the Maxim Gun: Law, Rights, and Justice
Confronting State Trusteeship: Land Rights Discourses
Negotiating Inclusion: Social Rights Discourses
Citizens of the World's Republic: Political and Civil Rights Discourses
The Paradox of Rights Talk
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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