Human rights in our own backyard : injustice and resistance in the United States

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Summary

Most Americans assume that the United States provides a gold standard for human rights--a 2007 survey found that 80 percent of U.S. adults believed that "the U.S. does a better job than most countries when it comes to protecting human rights." As well, discussions among scholars and public officials in the United States frame human rights issues as concerning people, policies, or practices "over there." By contrast, the contributors to this volume argue that many of the greatest immediate and structural threats to human rights, and some of the most significant efforts to realize human rights in practice, can be found in our own backyard.

Human Rights in Our Own Backyard examines the state of human rights and responses to human rights issues, drawing on sociological literature and perspectives to interrogate assumptions of American exceptionalism. How do people in the U.S. address human rights issues? What strategies have they adopted, and how successful have these strategies been? Essays are organized around key conventions of human rights, focusing on the relationships between human rights and justice, the state and the individual, civil rights and human rights, and group rights versus individual rights. The contributors are united by a common conception of the human rights enterprise as a process involving not only state-defined and implemented rights but also human rights from below as promoted by activists.

Contents
Sweatshirts and sweatshops : labor rights, student activism, and the challenges of collegiate apparel manufacturing / Julie Elkins and Shareen Hertel
Labor rights after the flexible turn : the rise of contingent employment and the implications for worker rights in the United States / Andrew S. Fullerton and Dwanna L. Robertson
Preying on the American dream : predatory lending, institutionalized racism, and resistance to economic injustice / Davita Silfen Glasberg, Angie Beeman, and Colleen Casey
Food not bombs : the right to eat / Deric Shannon
The long road to economic and social justice / Amanda Ploch
Hurricane Katrina and the right to food and shelter / Barret Katuna
Education, human rights, and the state : toward new visions / Abraham P. DeLeon
Health and human rights / Kathryn Strother Ratcliff
We are a people in the world: Native Americans and human rights / Barbara Gurr
Reflections on cultural human rights / Miho Iwata and Bandana Purkayastha
Erosion of political and civil rights : looking back to changes since 9/11/01 : the Patriot Act / Christine Zozula
U.S. asylum and refugee policy : the "culture of no" / Bill Frelick
The Border Action Network and human rights : community-based resistance against militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border / Sang Hea Kil, Jennifer Allen, and Zoe Hammer
Sexual citizenship : marriage, adoption, and immigration in the United States / Katie Acosta
Do human rights endure across nation-state boundaries? : analyzing the experiences of guest workers / Shweta Majumdar Adur
From international platforms to local yards : standing up for the elimination of racial discrimination in the United States / Bandana Purkayastha, Aheli Purkayastha, and Chandra Waring
Caging kids of color : juvenile justice and human rights in the United States / William T. Armaline
"What lies beneath" : foundations of the U.S. human rights perspective and the significance for women / Tola Olu Pearce
Sex trafficking : in our backyard? / Ranita Ray
The U.S. culture of violence / Stacy A. Missari
Building U.S. human rights culture from the ground up : international human rights implementation at the local level / Chivy Sok and Kenneth J. Neubeck
Critical resistance and the prison abolitionist movement / Zoe Hammer
Human rights in the United States : the "gold standard" and the human rights enterprise / William T. Armaline, Davita Silfen Glasberg, and Bandana Purkayastha.

Additional Information
Series Pennsylvania studies in human rights.
Subjects Human rights -- United States.
Human rights -- Government policy -- United States.
Publisher Philadelphia :University of Pennsylvania Press,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Armaline, William T.
Glasberg, Davita Silfen.
Purkayastha, Bandana, 1956-
Language English
Description xiv, 325 pages ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [267]-303) and index.
ISBN 9780812243604 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0812243609 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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