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Free Burma: Transnational Legal Action and Corporate Accountability (Paperback)
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Free Burma: Transnational Legal Action and Corporate Accountability (Paperback)

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Paperback 328 Pages / Published: 11/05/2011
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When the military\u2019s ruling party violently quashed Burma\u2019s pro-democracy movement, diplomatic condemnation quickly followed-to little effect. But when Burma\u2019s activists began linking the movement to others around the world, the result was dramatically different. This book is the first to explain how Burma\u2019s pro-democracy movement became a transnational social movement for human rights. Through the experience of the Free Burma movement, John G. Dale demonstrates how social movements create and appropriate legal mechanisms for generating new transnational political opportunities. He presents three corporate accountability campaigns waged by the Free Burma movement. The cases focus on the legislation of \u201cFree Burma\u201d laws in local governments throughout the United States; the effort to force the state of California to de-charter Unocal Oil Corporation for its flagrant abuse of human rights; and the first-ever use of the U.S. Alien Tort Claims Act to sue a corporation in a U.S. court for human rights abuses committed abroad. Dale\u2019s work also raises the issue of how foreign policies of so-called constructive engagement actually pose a threat to the hope of Burma\u2019s activists-and others worldwide-for more democratic economic development.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816646470
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"John Dale deftly demonstrates how Free Burma activists built an unprecedented and sophisticated global movement to expose and change how democratic governments and multinational corporations supported Burma's military regime. This work is an invaluable case study on how people can not only support indigenous democracy movements but also establish civil society and human rights at the center of a new global order." -Simon Billenness, Amnesty International


"Provides a valuable lesson for any social movements operating in the globalized and integrated world."-Foreign Policy in Focus

"Dale presents a convincing portrayal of the Free Burma movement as a creative force that in fighting against human rights violations in Burma is successfully championing both democracy and corporate accountability."-American Journal of Sociology

"This book is important reading for anyone interested in looking at the Free Burma movement and more broadly issues of transnational mobilization. Dale offers creative insight into how transnational relationships offer new opportunities and targets for social movement action. He also reminds readers that they have power to make change both at home and around the world."-Mobilization

"Dale provides an insightful analytical lens for theorizing and assessing the Free Burma movement."-Perspectives on Politics

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