Norms, Institutions and Practice
Edited by Alison Brysk and Michael Stohl
Chapter 8: Human rights cities: making the global local
This chapter analyzes human rights cities as sites or vehicles of change and innovation within the human rights regime and argues that human rights cities are transforming human rights practice and should transform our thinking about the human rights regime accordingly. Following a brief analytic overview of the phenomenon and a critique of the existing literature, the chapter discusses the implications for each of four areas of concentration with which we are collectively concerned: pathways of influence, social norms and responsibilities of human rights, regime development, and regime logic (contradictions). The chapter concludes by arguing that there is good reason to think seriously, based on the example of human rights cities, about how globalization from below, taking responsibility for rights, human rights pluralism, and the radical re-politicization of human rights raise important questions for the future of the international human rights regime.
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