Speaking Rights to Power: Constructing Political Will

Paperback | September 16, 2013

byAlison Brysk

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How can "Speaking Rights to Power" construct political will to respond to human rights abuse worldwide? Examining dozens of cases of human rights campaigns and using an innovative analysis of the politics of persuasion, this book shows how communication politics build recognition, solidarity,and social change. 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. 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 relationstheory, and analyzes human rights as a form of global social imagination. Combining a normative contribution with judicious critique, this book shows how human rights rhetoric matters-and how to make it matter more.

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How can "Speaking Rights to Power" construct political will to respond to human rights abuse worldwide? Examining dozens of cases of human rights campaigns and using an innovative analysis of the politics of persuasion, this book shows how communication politics build recognition, solidarity,and social change. Building on twenty years...

Alison Brysk is the Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 0.79 inPublished:September 16, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction: Rhetoric for Rights1. Speaking Rightsa. Why We Care: Constructing solidarityb. The message: Human rights as global social imaginationc. Hearts and Minds: The politics of persuasion2. Historical Repertoires: Attention Must Be Paida. Solidarity: The Dreyfus Affairb. Internationalism: The Spanish Civil Warc. Symbolism: The Holocaustd. Globalization: Revolution 2.03. Voices: Heroes, Martyrs, Witnesses, and Expertsa. Heroes and martyrsi. Nelson Mandelaii. Aung San Suu Kyiiii. Mothers of the Disappearedb. Witnesses and expertsi. Doctors Without Bordersii. Amartya Seniii. Paul Farmer4. The Message Matters: Framing the Claima. Poster children and sex slavery: framing human traffickingb. Reframing FGM: c. Human rights in Colombia: when frames failc. The rhetoric of recognition: Darfur vs. Congo5. Plotting Rights: The Power Of Performancea. From tragedy to testimonial:i. Voices of Witnessii. The Vagina Monologuesb. Allegory as protest performance: Indian Summerc. The Power of Parody1. From Putin's penis to Pussy Riot2. Speaking6. Mobilizing Media: Is There An App For That?a. Iran: The revolution will not be televisedb. China: The Long March to human rightsc. The Arab Spring: The Face book path to freedomd. Kony 2012: When buzz is not enough7. Audiences: Constructing Cosmopolitansa. Building communities of conscience: Scholars at Riskb. Inter-ethnic solidarity: i. The Japanese-American Citizens' League and Arab-Americansii. African-Americans and the anti-apartheid movementiii. American Jews and Darfuriv. Armenian-Americansv. Dueling diasporas and burning bridges: Israel-Palestinec. Across the great divide: Men who care about violence against womeni. Norm entrepreneurs: ii. Role change through small talkii. Global Good Samaritans and gender-based asylum8. Constructing Political Willa. Another world is possibleb. The power of persuasion: The Liberian civil warc. Acting globallyReferences