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The Divided World: Human Rights and Its Violence
Taking a critical view of a venerated international principle, Randall Williams shows how the concept of human rights—often taken for granted as a force for good in the world—corresponds directly with U.S. imperialist aims. Citing internationalists from W. E. B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon to, more recently, M. Jacqui Alexander and China Miéville, Williams insists on a reckon ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 24th 2010 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
(first published January 1st 2010)
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This book offers a scathing account of human rights institutions, such as the UN, Amnesty International, or even in film. Williams highlights important moments of failure in the struggle for human rights that are rarely remembered as such. This short book should give pause in the face of glaring inadequacies in 'human rights' as a paradigm for advocating change around the world.