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Rights as weapons : instruments of conflict, tools of power

Author: Clifford Bob
Publisher: Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An in-depth look at the historic and strategic deployment of rights in political conflicts throughout the world. Rights are usually viewed as defensive concepts representing mankind's highest aspirations to protect the vulnerable and uplift the downtrodden. But since the Enlightenment, political combatants have also used rights belligerently, to batter despised communities, demolish existing institutions, and smash  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clifford Bob
ISBN: 9780691166049 0691166048
OCLC Number: 1051134792
Description: vii, 261 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: the uses of rights in political conflict --
Rights as rallying cries: mobilizing support --
Rights as shields and parries: countering threats --
Rights as camouflage: masking motives --
Rights as spears: overturning laws --
Rights as dynamite: destroying cultures --
Rights as blockades: suppressing subordinates --
Rights as wedges: breaking coalitions --
Conclusions.
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An in-depth look at the historic and strategic deployment of rights in political conflicts throughout the world. Rights are usually viewed as defensive concepts representing mankind's highest aspirations to protect the vulnerable and uplift the downtrodden. But since the Enlightenment, political combatants have also used rights belligerently, to batter despised communities, demolish existing institutions, and smash opposing ideas. Delving into a range of historical and contemporary conflicts from all areas of the globe, Rights as Weapons focuses on the underexamined ways in which the powerful wield rights as aggressive weapons against the weak.Clifford Bob looks at how political forces use rights as rallying cries: naturalizing novel claims as rights inherent in humanity, absolutizing them as trumps over rival interests or community concerns, universalizing them as transcultural and transhistorical, and depoliticizing them as concepts beyond debate. He shows how powerful proponents employ rights as camouflage to cover ulterior motives, as crowbars to break rival coalitions, as blockades to suppress subordinate groups, as spears to puncture discrete policies, and as dynamite to explode whole societies. And he demonstrates how the targets of rights campaigns repulse such assaults, using their own rights-like weapons: denying the abuses they are accused of, constructing rival rights to protect themselves, portraying themselves as victims rather than violators, and repudiating authoritative decisions against them.

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"Over the past two decades, Clifford Bob has established himself as the most original human rights thinker working in the English language. In Rights as Weapons, Bob breaks through paradigms, Read more...

 
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