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Imperialism and human rights : colonial discourses of rights and liberties in African history

Author: Bonny Ibhawoh
Publisher: Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, ©2007.
Series: SUNY series in human rights.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this seminal study, Bonny Ibhawoh investigates the links between European imperialism and human rights discourses in African history. Using British-colonized Nigeria as a case study, he examines how diverse interest groups within colonial society deployed the language of rights and liberties to serve varied socioeconomic and political ends. Ibhawoh challenges the linear progressivism that dominates human rights  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2005037168
(OCoLC)62741424
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bonny Ibhawoh
ISBN: 9780791480922 0791480925 0791469239 9780791469231
OCLC Number: 1205607150
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: The subject of rights and the rights of subjects --
Rights, liberties and the imperial world order --
Stronger than the maxim gun: law, rights and justice --
Confronting state trusteeship: land rights discourses --
Negotiating inclusion: social rights discourses --
Citizens of the world's republic: political and civil rights discourses --
The paradox of rights talk.
Series Title: SUNY series in human rights.
Responsibility: Bonny Ibhawoh.

Abstract:

"In this seminal study, Bonny Ibhawoh investigates the links between European imperialism and human rights discourses in African history. Using British-colonized Nigeria as a case study, he examines how diverse interest groups within colonial society deployed the language of rights and liberties to serve varied socioeconomic and political ends. Ibhawoh challenges the linear progressivism that dominates human rights scholarship by arguing that, in the colonial African context, rights discourses were not simple monolithic or progressive narratives. They served both to insulate and legitimize power just as much as they facilitated transformative processes. Drawing extensively on archival material, this book shows how the language of rights, like that of "civilization" and "modernity," became an important part of the discourses deployed to rationalize and legitimize empire."--Jacket.

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