Divided World Human Rights and Its Violence

ISBN-10: 0816665427

ISBN-13: 9780816665426

Edition: 2010

Authors: Randall Williams

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Taking a critical view of a venerated international principle, Randall Williams shows how the concept of human rightsoften taken for granted as a force for good in the worldcorresponds directly with U.S. imperialist aims. Citing internationalists from W. E. B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon to, more recently, M. Jacqui Alexander and China Mieville, Williams insists on a reckoning of human rights with the violence of colonial modernity.Despite the emphasis on international human rights since World War II, Williams notes that the discourse of human rights has consistently reinforced the concerns of the ascendant global power of the United States. He demonstrates how the alignment of human rights with the interests of U.S. expansion is not a matter of direct control or conspiratorial plot but the result of a developing human rights consensus that has been shaped by postwar international institutions and debates, from the United Nations to international law. Williams probes high-profile cases involving Amnesty International, Nelson Mandela, the International Lesbian and Gay Human Rights Commission, Abu Ghraib, and Guantanamo, as well as offering readings of works such asHotel Rwanda,Cache, andDeath and the Maidenthat have put forth radical critiques of political violence.The most forceful contradictions of international human rights discourse, he argues, come into relief within anticolonial critiques of racial violence. To this end,The Divided Worldexamines how a human rightsbased international policy is ultimately mobilized to manage violenceby limiting the access of its victims to justice.
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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 5/24/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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Expiation for the Dispossessed: Truth Commissions, Testimonios, and Tyrannicide
Combat Theory: Anti-imperialist Analytics since Fanon
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