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Rights make might. Global human rights and minority social movements in Japan.

Author: Kiyoteru Tsutsui
Publisher: Kettering : Oxford University Press 2018.
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Since the late 1970s, the three most salient minority groups in Japan - the politically dormant Ainu, the active but unsuccessful Koreans, and the former outcaste group of Burakumin - have all expanded their activism despite the unfavorable domestic political environment. In Rights Make Might, Kiyoteru Tsutsui examines why, and finds an answer in the galvanizing effects of global human rights on local social  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kiyoteru Tsutsui
ISBN: 9780190853105 0190853107
OCLC Number: 1056198504
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2019 Section on Sociology of Human Rights' Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Book Award Winner of the 2019 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the American Sociological Association section on Political Sociology Winner of the 2019 Most Outstanding Asia/Transnational Book Award from the American Sociological Association section on Asia and Asian America.
Description: 304 pages
Contents: Preface Chapter I: IntroductionChapter II: Ainu: From a Dying Race to an Indigenous People Chapter III: Zainichi (Korean Residents in Japan): From Citizenship Rights to Universal Human Rights Chapter IV: Burakumin: From a Japanese Minority Group to an International Human Rights OrganizationChapter V: Conclusion A note on transliteration Bibliography Appendices
Responsibility: Kiyoteru Tsutsui.

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Since the late 1970s, the three most salient minority groups in Japan - the politically dormant Ainu, the active but unsuccessful Koreans, and the former outcaste group of Burakumin - have all expanded their activism despite the unfavorable domestic political environment. In Rights Make Might, Kiyoteru Tsutsui examines why, and finds an answer in the galvanizing effects of global human rights on local social movements. Tsutsui chronicles the transformative impact of global human rights ideas and institutions on minority activists, which changed their understandings about their standing in Japanese society and propelled them to new international venues for political claim making. The global forces also changed the public perception and political calculus in Japan over time, catalyzing substantial gains for their movements. Having benefited from global human rights, all three groups repaid their debt by contributing to the consolidation and expansion of human rights principles and instruments outside of Japan. Drawing on interviews and archival data, Rights Make Might offers a rich historical comparative analysis of the relationship between international human rights and local politics that contributes to our understanding of international norms and institutions, social movements, human rights, ethnoracial politics, and Japanese society.

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