How can "Speaking Rights to Power" construct political will to respond to human rights abuse worldwide? Examining dozens of cases of human rights campaigns, this book shows how carefully crafted communications build recognition, solidarity, and social change. Alison Brysk presents an innovative analysis of the politics of persuasion, based in the strategic use of voice, framing, media, protest performance, and audience bridging.
Building on twenty years of research on five continents, this comprehensive study ranges from Aung San Suu Kyi to Anna Hazare, from Congo to Colombia, and from the Arab Spring to Pussy Riot. It includes both well-chronicled campaigns, such as the struggle to end violence against women, as well as lesser-known efforts, including inter-ethnic human rights alliances in the U.S. Brysk compares relatively successful human rights campaigns with unavailing struggles. Grounding her analysis in the
concrete practice of human rights campaigns, she lays out testable strategic guidance for human rights advocates.
Speaking Rights to Power addresses cutting edge debates on human rights and the ethic of care, cosmopolitanism, charismatic leadership, communicative action and political theater, and the role of social media. It draws on constructivist literature from social movement and international relations theory, and it analyzes human rights as a form of global social imagination. Combining a normative contribution with judicious critique, this book shows not only that human rights rhetoric
matters-but how to make it matter more.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 566 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 22 mm
This remarkable book shows the power of communication in enforcing human rights and dignity in our troubled world. At the crossroads of international relations and communication theory, Alison Brysk's original contribution is convincing, forceful, and opens new perspectives in the political understanding of globalization. * Manuel Castells, University Professor and Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society, University of Southern California *
Speaking Rights to Power is a wonderful book that pulls together twenty years of Alison Brysk's insightful and influential research on human rights and extends it with fresh and provocative ideas. The book is an extraordinary combination of systematic research, practical wisdom (what has mostly worked and what has not), and personal commitment. I both learned a great deal and thoroughly enjoyed it. * Wayne Sandholtz, John A. McCone Chair in International Relations, School of International Relations and Gould School of Law, University of Southern California *
A wonderful book for teaching. My students loved the contemporary examples from all over the world. Using those examples and Brysk's key ideas, they were able to teach each other, and try to design a successful campaign for the Congo. * Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights, Wilfrid Laurier University *