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Do “human rights”—as embodied in constitutions, nationwide legislation, and overseas agreements—foster advancements within the lives of the terrible or differently marginalized populations? whilst, the place, how, and less than what stipulations? ultimate the Rights hole: From Human Rights to Social Transformation systematically compares various case experiences from world wide as a way to make clear the stipulations less than which—and associations via which—economic, social, and cultural rights are gradually discovered in perform. It concludes with testable hypotheses concerning how major transformative switch may happen, in addition to an schedule for destiny study to facilitate rights awareness around the world.

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These testimonies theorize and interpret rightlessness in ways that speak beyond their particular point of view. In contesting their subjection, these prisoners challenge the logic of the state and suggest more expansive ways of understanding personhood. Even as the rightless offer these testimonies—and even as the state solicits them—the accounts of the rightless are always subject to doubt. Testimony narrates an assemblage of facts, memory, experience, and material and social context, weaving together a story that evinces the witness’s truth.

The chapters that follow show, for example, how certain federal courts and judges have attempted to curtail the prerogative power exercised by the executive branch, while others have affirmed it; how different state agencies within the same camp work to uphold or contest the prisoners’ rightlessness; and how camp administrators negotiate their commanding orders from other sectors of the state against the day-to-day realities of dealing with rightless prisoners. Rightless people have no choice but to resist state violence from within the state’s structures.

Racism in both deeply personal and world-historical terms. The Hearings and the Pretense of Listening In the process of preparing its report, the CWRIC elicited witnesses from throughout the country. S. cities: W ­ ashington; Los Angeles and San Francisco; Seattle; Chicago; New York; A ­ nchorage, ­Unalaska, and St. Paul in Alaska; and Cambridge, ­Massachusetts. The hearings took place in public auditoriums where witnesses testified before not only the commissioners but also large audiences. Some required overflow rooms, so that audience members could watch a live video of the proceedings.

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