Human Rights in Our Own Backyard

Human Rights in Our Own Backyard focuses on the state of human rights and responses to human rights issues in the United States, drawing on sociological literature and perspectives to interrogate assumptions of American exceptionalism.

Human Rights in Our Own Backyard
Injustice and Resistance in the United States

Edited by William T. Armaline, Davita Silfen Glasberg, and Bandana Purkayastha

2011 | 344 pages | Cloth $59.95 | Paper $27.50
Law | Political Science
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Table of Contents

Foreword
—Judith Blau

Introduction: Human Rights in the United States

PART I. ECONOMIC RIGHTS
Chapter 1. Sweatshirts and Sweatshops: Labor Rights, Student Activism, and the Challenges of Collegiate Apparel Manufacturing
—Julie Elkins and Shareen Hertel
Chapter 2. Labor Rights After the Flexible Turn: The Rise of Contingent Employment and the Implications for Worker Rights in the United States
—Andrew S. Fullerton and Dwanna L. Robertson
Chapter 3. Preying on the American Dream: Predatory Lending, Institutionalized Racism, and Resistance to Economic Injustice
—Davita Silfen Glasberg, Angie Beeman, and Colleen Casey

PART II. SOCIAL RIGHTS
Chapter 4. Food Not Bombs: The Right to Eat
—Deric Shannon
Chapter 5. The Long Road to Economic and Social Justice
—Amanda Ploch
Chapter 6. Hurricane Katrina and the Right to Food and Shelter
—Barret Katuna
Chapter 7. Education, Human Rights, and the State: Toward New Visions
—Abraham P. DeLeon
Chapter 8. Health and Human Rights
—Kathryn Strother Ratcliff

PART III. CULTURAL RIGHTS
Chapter 9. We Are a People in the World: Native Americans and Human Rights
—Barbara Gurr
Chapter 10. Reflections on Cultural Human Rights
—MihoIwata and Bandana Purkayastha

PART IV. POLITICAL AND CIVIL RIGHTS
Chapter 11. Erosion of Political and Civil Rights: Looking Back to Changes Since 9/11/01: The Patriot Act
—Christine Zozula
Chapter 12. U.S. Asylum and Refugee Policy: The "Culture of No"
—Bill Frelick
Chapter 13. The Border Action Network and Human Rights: Community-Based Resistance Against the Militarization of the U.S.-Mexico Border
—Sang Hea Kil, Jennifer Allen, and Zoe Hammer
Chapter 14. Sexual Citizenship: Marriage, Adoption, and Immigration in the United States
—Katie Acosta
Chapter 15. Do Human Rights Endure Across Nation-State Boundaries? Analyzing the Experiences of Guest Workers
—Shweta Majumdar Adur
Part V. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
Chapter 16. From International Platforms to Local Yards: Standing Up for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in the United States
—Bandana Purkayastha, Aheli Purkayastha, and Chandra Waring
Chapter 17. Caging Kids of Color: Juvenile Justice and Human Rights in the United States
—William T. Armaline

PART VI. CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN
Chapter 18. "What Lies Beneath": Foundations of the U.S. Human Rights Perspective and the Significance for Women
—Tola Olu Pearce
Chapter 19. Sex Trafficking: In Our Backyard?
—Ranita Ray
Chapter 20. The U.S. Culture of Violence
—Stacy A. Missari

PART VII. HUMAN RIGHTS AND RESISTANCE IN THE UNITED STATES
Chapter 21. Building U.S. Human Rights Culture from the Ground Up: International Human Rights Implementation at the Local Level
—Chivy Sok and Kenneth J. Neubeck
Chapter 22. Critical Resistance and the Prison Abolitionist Movement
—Zoe Hammer
Chapter 23. Human Rights in the United States: The "Gold Standard" and the Human Rights Enterprise
—William T. Armaline, Davita Silfen Glasberg, and Bandana Purkayastha

Notes
References
List of Contributors
Index
Acknowledgments