Victims Stories and the Advancement of Human Rights

Paperback | April 26, 2016

byDiana Tietjens Meyers

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Victim's Stories and the Advancement of Human Rights takes on a set of questions suggested by the worldwide persistence of human rights abuse and the prevalence of victims' stories in human rights campaigns, truth commissions, and international criminal tribunals: What conceptions of victimsare presumed in contemporary human rights discourse? How do conventional narrative templates fail victims of human rights abuse and resist raising novel human rights issues? What is empathy, and how can victims frame their stories to overcome empathetic obstacles and promote commitment to humanrights? How can victims' stories be used ethically in the service of human rights? The book addresses these concerns by analyzing the rhetorical resources for and constraints on victims' ability to articulate their stories and by clarifying how their stories can contribute to enlarged understandings of human rights protections and deepened commitments to realizing human rights. Ittheorizes the normative content that victims' stories can convey and the bearing of that normative content on human rights. Throughout the book, published victims' stories - including stories of torture, slavery, genocide, rape in wartime, and child soldiering-are analyzed in conjunction withphilosophical arguments. This book mobilizes philosophical theory to illuminate victims' stories and appeals to victims' stories to enrich the philosophy of human rights.

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Victim's Stories and the Advancement of Human Rights takes on a set of questions suggested by the worldwide persistence of human rights abuse and the prevalence of victims' stories in human rights campaigns, truth commissions, and international criminal tribunals: What conceptions of victimsare presumed in contemporary human rights dis...

Diana Tietjens Meyers is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at University of Connecticut, Storrs; author of several books including Gender in the Mirror: Cultural Imagery and Women's Agency (2002).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.19 × 5.51 × 0.91 inPublished:April 26, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199930406

ISBN - 13:9780199930401

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"This concise and subtle book examines the ethical dimensions of how we think about what it is to be a victim, what expectations and biases affect how we hear their stories, and what ethical constraints should guide us in making use of their accounts in human rights research and advocacy.Meyers taps an impressive range of sources--including philosophy, psychology, political and literary theory--in this perceptive and original study." --Margaret Urban Walker, Donald J. Schuenke Chair in Philosophy, Marquette University