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by Shareen Hertel

Category: Politics and Government
Subcategory: Political books
Author: Shareen Hertel
ISBN: 0801473241
ISBN13: 978-0801473241
Language: English
Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (August 31, 2006)
Pages: 184
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In the field of women's rights, those ten­ sions between external and domestic beliefs have sensitized scholars to the perils of representing local causes to global audiences (Naples 2002; Farrell and McDermott 2005; Hesford and Kozol 2005). Transnational Human Rights Networks: Significance and Challenges.

Hertel looks closely at struggles for human rights in two contexts: Bangladesh, where activists challenged the understanding of human rights central to an international campaign to prevent child labor in that country, and Mexico, where activists sought to broaden the scope of efforts to prevent discrimination against pregnant workers in their country.

Unexpected Power is a signal contribution to the growing body of social-science literature on international policy .

Unexpected Power is a signal contribution to the growing body of social-science literature on international policy 'campaigns' and the dynamics of exchange among activist organizations in the developed and developing countries of the new landscape of globalization. -Lance Compa, author of Unfair Advantage. Lance Compa, author of Unfair Advantage).

Unexpected power: Conflict and change among transnational activists. New moves in transnational advocacy: getting labor and economic rights on the agenda in unexpected ways. Global Governance, 263-281, 2006. Cornell University Press, 2006. Unexpected power: Conflict and change among transnational activists. Human rights and public opinion: From attitudes to action. S Hertel, L Scruggs, CP Heidkamp. Political Science Quarterly 124 (3), 443-459, 2009. Economic rights: conceptual, measurement, and policy issues.

Hertel compares two transnational campaigns of the 1990s targeting child labour in Bangladesh and gender discrimination in the maquiladoras in Mexico.

Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2006. Published by: Cornell University Press. Bangladeshi activists, in turn, responded by blocking the very campaign ostensibly aimed at helping child workers in the garment industry

For questions or feedback, please reach us at support at scilit. Cornell University Press. Rachel Meeropol, Ed. America's Disappeared: Secret Imprisonment, Detainees, and the "War on Terror. I advise students to print hard copies of these readings and bring them to class on the assigned days.

U.S. human rights advocacy has long focused on civil and political rights-issues such as torture, censorship, and lack of democratic freedoms abroad. In the 1990s a series of high-profile anti-sweatshop and fair-trade campaigns shifted the spotlight to labor issues. But as human rights activists in the United States and elsewhere take up the cause of economic exploitation, they don't always agree on the nature of the problem, or on what should be done to address it. What is more, they do not necessarily have the final say: in many cases, the focus of a campaign will shift when local activists make their voices heard or when the imported aims of nongovernmental organizations conflict with the goals of the people they intend to help.

Shareen Hertel explores the dramatic negotiations within cross-border human rights campaigns. Activists on the receiving end of such campaigns do much more than seek the help of powerful allies beyond their borders. They often also challenge outsiders' understandings of basic human rights―in some cases, directly (by "blocking" campaigns intended to help them) and in other cases, indirectly (by employing "backdoor moves" aimed at more subtly introducing new human rights norms). Hertel looks closely at struggles for human rights in two contexts: Bangladesh, where activists challenged the understanding of human rights central to an international campaign to prevent child labor in that country, and Mexico, where activists sought to broaden the scope of efforts to prevent discrimination against pregnant workers in their country. Hertel connects these unexpected challenges to a new wave of international advocacy, and thereby illuminates democratic struggles in the new global economy.

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