Human Rights And Free Trade In Mexico: A Discursive and Sociopolitical Perspective

Hardcover | May 15, 2008

byAriadna Estévez, Ariadna Estévez

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This book demonstrates how human rights instruments and values have brought different movements together in the struggle against free trade under the banners of state duty and law enforcement with their underlying principles of equality and human dignity. Special emphasis is placed on how subjectivities influence identification with certain values and legal or political strategies. Furthermore, by focusing on the understanding of human rights by social agents the book also shows that specific human rights have more political potential for certain types of subjects in the struggle against free trade than others, such as the right to development, the rights of women and the right to food. This analysis is conducted with a specifically Latin American theorization of human rights that challenges both Eurocentric scholarly works on the issue and the arguments of European activists directed at the allegedly Western authorship of human rights discourses.

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This book demonstrates how human rights instruments and values have brought different movements together in the struggle against free trade under the banners of state duty and law enforcement with their underlying principles of equality and human dignity. Special emphasis is placed on how subjectivities influence identification with ce...

Ariadna Estévez is a Researcher at the Centre for Research on North America, National Autonomous University of Mexico (CISAN-UNAM), and teaches human rights at the Mexican branch of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:May 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230606555

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Introduction: A Discursive and Sociopolitical Approach to Free Trade and Human Rights * The Neoliberal Paradox: Conservative Economic Change and the Rise of Democratic Politics * The Emergence of Human Rights Discourse in Mexico * The Exhaustion of Transition to Democracy Discourse: Human Rights Discourse Enters Anti-Free Trade Struggles * Constructing Free Trade Worldviews with Human Rights Discourse * The Construction of Identities and Specific Agendas with Human Rights Discourse * Articulating Anti-Free Trade Struggles with Human Rights Discourse * Conclusions

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"This is a highly original and ground-breaking study, a sophisticated empirical look at the use of human rights discourse to construct collective identities in order to address social and economic grievances. Estévez also deals with some important theoretical issues in the field of human rights, particularly whether there is a specific Latin American approach human rights, different from dominant Western mainstream discourses. This theoretical and substantive approach will be valuable to scholars of human rights, social movements, and contemporary Mexican and Latin American politics." --Francisco Panizza, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Politics, London School of Economics