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Human Rights Under African Constitutions: Realizing the Promise for Ourselves

by Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im University of Pennsylvania Press (October 09, 2013)

Combining theoretical rigor with solid empirical research, Human Rights Under African Constitutions makes an important contribution for scholars and students of political science, African studies, and postcolonial...

Corporations and Citizenship

by Greg Urban University of Pennsylvania Press (May 08, 2014)

Assembling scholars from legal studies, business ethics, philosophy, history, political science, and anthropology, Corporations and Citizenship addresses the role of modern for-profit corporations as a distinctive...

No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security

by Thomas M. Nichols University of Pennsylvania Press (November 20, 2013)

In No Use, national security scholar Thomas M. Nichols examines the role of nuclear weapons and their prominence in U.S. security strategy, ultimately arguing that this belief in the utility of nuclear force...

The Evolution of International Human Rights: Visions Seen

by Paul Gordon Lauren University of Pennsylvania Press (August 22, 2013)

Focusing on the theme of visions seen by those who dreamed of what might be, Lauren explores the dramatic transformation of a world patterned by centuries of human rights abuses into a global community that...

The Phenomenon of Torture: Readings and Commentary

by William F. Schulz & Juan E. Méndez University of Pennsylvania Press (July 17, 2013)

Torture is the most widespread human rights crime in the modern world, practiced in more than one hundred countries, including the United States. How could something so brutal, almost unthinkable, be so prevalent?...

Human Rights: A Political and Cultural Critique

by Makau Mutua University of Pennsylvania Press (July 03, 2013)

Human Rights: A Political and Cultural Critique provides a bracing and controversial analysis of the scope of human rights and lays the groundwork for a multicultural and more universal understanding of these...

Ethnonationalist Conflict in Postcommunist States: Varieties of Governance in Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Kosovo

by Maria Koinova University of Pennsylvania Press (July 01, 2013)

Tracing the development of informally institutionalized conflict dynamics in Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Kosovo, Maria Koinova analyzes why some conflicts were resolved with minimal violence after the end of communism...

Human Rights and the Negotiation of American Power

by Glenn Mitoma University of Pennsylvania Press (April 09, 2013)

Through careful archival research, Glenn Mitoma reveals how the U.S. government, key civil society groups, Cold War politics, and specific individuals led to America's emergence in the twentieth century as an...

Creating Human Rights: How Noncitizens Made Sex Persecution Matter to the World

by Lisa S. Alfredson University of Pennsylvania Press (March 26, 2013)

The first in-depth study of a novel women's refugee movement and its challenge, as an international trigger case, to traditional conceptions of human rights. It illuminates keys to the movement's success, including,...

Everyday Occupations: Experiencing Militarism in South Asia and the Middle East

by Kamala Visweswaran University of Pennsylvania Press (March 16, 2013)

Everyday Occupations engages visual culture and the ethnography of space, satire and parody, poetry and political critique to examine militarization as it is wielded as a cultural and political tool, and as...

Clan Cleansing in Somalia: The Ruinous Legacy of 1991

by Lidwien Kapteijns University of Pennsylvania Press (December 18, 2012)

Clan Cleansing in Somalia deals with the transformative violence that helped cause the collapse of the Somali state in 1991. Kapteijns argues that public acknowledgment of the clan cleansing of this period is...

African Constitutionalism and the Role of Islam

by Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im University of Pennsylvania Press (November 24, 2010)

Constitutionalism is becoming the prevalent form of governance in Africa. But how does constitutionalism deal with the lingering effects of colonialism? And how does constitutional law deal with Islamic principles...

Civil Rights Advocacy on Behalf of the Poor

by Catherine M. Paden University of Pennsylvania Press (February 17, 2011)

In Civil Rights Advocacy on Behalf of the Poor, Catherine M. Paden examines five civil rights organizations and explores why they chose to represent the poor—specifically, low-income African Americans—during...

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

by William T. Armaline, Davita Silfen Glasberg & Bandana Purkayastha University of Pennsylvania Press (September 28, 2011)

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...

Varieties of Sovereignty and Citizenship

by Sigal R. Ben-Porath & Rogers M. Smith University of Pennsylvania Press (November 29, 2012)

A broad range of scholars from different disciplines reflect on the likely transformation of the world away from the absolute sovereignty of independent nation-states to the proliferation of varieties of plural...

Universal Human Rights and Extraterritorial Obligations

by Mark Gibney & Sigrun Skogly University of Pennsylvania Press (July 03, 2012)

In the face of globalization, the fundamental principles governing international law are changing dramatically. This book examines both the international and domestic foundations of human rights law and addresses...

Dignity Rights: Courts, Constitutions, and the Worth of the Human Person

by Erin Daly & Aharon Barak University of Pennsylvania Press (October 29, 2012)

With cases from around the world on a wide range of subjects including prison conditions, employment, sexuality, reputation, and death, this ground-breaking book examines how judicial interpretations of dignity...

The Anti-Slavery Project: From the Slave Trade to Human Trafficking

by Joel Quirk University of Pennsylvania Press (May 26, 2011)

Historian and human rights scholar Joel Quirk examines the evolution of political opposition to slavery from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day. He offers an original diagnosis of the underlying causes...

Building Militaries in Fragile States

by Mara E. Karlin University of Pennsylvania Press (December 08, 2017)

Combining rigorous academic scholarship with the experience of a senior Pentagon policymaker, Mara E. Karlin explores the key national security issue of our time: how to effectively build partner militaries....

Argentina Betrayed

by Antonius C. G. M. Robben University of Pennsylvania Press (March 19, 2018)

The ruthless military dictatorship that ruled Argentina between 1976 and 1983 betrayed the country's people, presiding over massive disappearances of its citizenry and, in the process, destroying the state's...


by Edward Peters University of Pennsylvania Press (March 01, 2018)

"Torture has ceased to exist," Victor Hugo claimed, with some justification, in 1874. Yet more than a century later, torture is used routinely in one out of every three countries. This book is about torture...

Mary Shelley and the Rights of the Child

by Eileen Hunt Botting University of Pennsylvania Press (October 09, 2017)

From her youth, Mary Shelley immersed herself in the social contract tradition, particularly the educational and political theories of John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, as well as the radical philosophies...

Heavenly Ambitions: America's Quest to Dominate Space

by Joan Johnson-Freese University of Pennsylvania Press (May 26, 2012)

In Heavenly Ambitions, Joan Johnson-Freese lays out her vision of the future of space as a frontier where nations cooperate, and military activity is circumscribed by arms control treaties that would allow no...

Human Rights in Iran: The Abuse of Cultural Relativism

by Reza Afshari University of Pennsylvania Press (June 07, 2011)

Reza Afshari reveals Iran's attempt to hide human rights abuses by labeling oppression as an authentic cultural practice.

The International Struggle for New Human Rights

by Clifford Bob University of Pennsylvania Press (March 19, 2011)

Why are certain global problems recognized as human rights issues while others are not? This book highlights campaigns to persuade the human rights movement to move beyond traditional concerns and embrace pressing...

Decolonization and the Evolution of International Human Rights

by Roland Burke University of Pennsylvania Press (June 06, 2011)

This book challenges traditional accounts of the Third World's contribution to international human rights. It demonstrates that diplomats from Third World countries helped both to radicalize the UN human rights...

Turning to Political Violence

by Marc Sageman University of Pennsylvania Press (May 05, 2017)

What motivates those who commit violence in the name of political beliefs? Terrorism today is not solely the preserve of Islam, nor is it a new phenomenon. It emerges from social processes and conditions common...

Genocide: The Act as Idea

by Berel Lang University of Pennsylvania Press (August 24, 2016)

Berel Lang's Genocide: The Act as Idea analyzes and defends the distinctiveness of the concept of genocide as a notable advance in the history of moral and political thinking and practice.

Human Rights or Global Capitalism: The Limits of Privatization

by Manfred Nowak University of Pennsylvania Press (October 26, 2016)

Human Rights or Global Capitalism examines the application of neoliberal policies from a human rights perspective and asks whether states, by outsourcing to the private sector many services with a direct impact...

This Side of Silence: Human Rights, Torture, and the Recognition of Cruelty

by Tobias Kelly University of Pennsylvania Press (November 29, 2011)

This Side of Silence is an anthropological examination of the tension involved in attempts to recognize torture, and the implications that this has for the types of perpetrator that can be held accountable and...

Seeing the Myth in Human Rights

by Jenna Reinbold University of Pennsylvania Press (November 08, 2016)

Seeing the Myth in Human Rights explores the role of myth in the creation and propagation of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Drawing on records, publications, and speeches from the Declaration's...

Misunderstanding Terrorism

by Marc Sageman University of Pennsylvania Press (September 06, 2016)

Misunderstanding Terrorism provides a striking reassessment of the scope and nature of the global neo-jihadi threat to the West. The post-9/11 decade experienced the emergence of new forms of political violence...

Korea's Grievous War

by Su-kyoung Hwang University of Pennsylvania Press (July 15, 2016)

Korea's Grievous War presents the historical background, political motivations, legal bases, and social consequences of anticommunist violence, tracing the enduring legacy of this destruction in the testimonies...

The Al Qaeda Factor: Plots Against the West

by Mitchell D. Silber University of Pennsylvania Press (November 29, 2011)

New York Police Department terrorism expert Mitchell D. Silber examines sixteen Al Qaeda associated plots and attacks against the West, from the 1993 World Trade Center bombing through to today, applying a series...

Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics

by Timothy Stewart-Winter University of Pennsylvania Press (December 21, 2015)

Queer Clout weaves together activism and electoral politics to trace the gay movement's path since the 1950s in Chicago. Stewart-Winter stresses gay people's and African Americans' shared focus on police harassment,...

Truth Commissions: Memory, Power, and Legitimacy

by Onur Bakiner University of Pennsylvania Press (December 04, 2015)

Onur Bakiner evaluates the success of truth commissions in promoting political, judicial, and social change. He argues that even when commissions produce modest change as a result of political constraints, they...

Human Rights in American Foreign Policy: From the 1960s to the Soviet Collapse

by Joe Renouard University of Pennsylvania Press (October 29, 2015)

Global in scope and ambitious in scale, Human Rights in American Foreign Policy examines American responses to a broad array of human rights violations.

Crimes of Peace: Mediterranean Migrations at the World's Deadliest Border

by Maurizio Albahari University of Pennsylvania Press (August 12, 2015)

In Crimes of Peace, Maurizio Albahari investigates why the Mediterranean Sea is the world's deadliest border, and what alternatives might improve this state of affairs. Albahari transforms abstract statistics...

Christian Human Rights

by Samuel Moyn University of Pennsylvania Press (September 04, 2015)

In Christian Human Rights, Samuel Moyn asserts that the rise of human rights after World War II was prefigured and inspired by a defense of the dignity of the human person that first arose in Christian churches...

Civitas by Design: Building Better Communities, from the Garden City to the New Urbanism

by Howard Gillette, Jr. University of Pennsylvania Press (June 06, 2011)

Civitas by Design takes a critical look at the history of the use of urban planning to strengthen civic ties in the United States over the course of the twentieth century.

Behind the Killing Fields: A Khmer Rouge Leader and One of His Victims

by Gina Chon & Sambath Thet University of Pennsylvania Press (June 03, 2011)

Based on exclusive interviews with the top surviving Khmer Rouge leader, Nuon Chea, this book tells the story of a man who began as an idealistic freedom fighter and wound up involved in one of the worst atrocities...

Pakistan's Enduring Challenges

by C. Christine Fair & Sarah J. Watson University of Pennsylvania Press (February 02, 2015)

In Pakistan's Enduring Challenges, experts on the region survey Pakistan's prospects following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, examining the country's security concerns, its domestic political and economic...

The Markets for Force: Privatization of Security Across World Regions

by Molly Dunigan & Ulrich Petersohn University of Pennsylvania Press (January 21, 2015)

The Markets for Force compares the markets for private military and security services across the globe, examining how local markets evolve and interact with regional politics and geostrategic context.

Deterring Rational Fanatics

by Alex S. Wilner University of Pennsylvania Press (January 21, 2015)

Deterring Rational Fanatics provides a full-scale discussion of deterrence theory concepts and controversies, assessing the utility of relying on the logic of deterrence to counter contemporary terrorism. Alex...