Cultural Activism: Practices, Dilemmas, and Possibilities

    • Title: Cultural Activism: Practices, Dilemmas, and Possibilities
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Begüm Özden Firat (Editor), Aylin Kuryel (Editor)
    • Publisher: Rodopi
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 9042029811
    • ISBN-13: 978-9042029811
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 270
    • Size / Format: 13,1 mb / pdf
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Description: This volume addresses contemporary activist practices that aim to interrupt and reorient politics as well as culture. The specific tactics analyzed here are diverse, ranging from culture jamming, sousveillance, media hoaxing, adbusting, subvertising, street art, to hacktivism, billboard liberation, and urban guerilla, to name but a few. Though indebted to the artistic and political movements of the past, this form of activism brings a novel dimension to public protest with its insistence on humor, playfulness, and confusion. This book attempts to grasp both the old and new aspects of contemporary activist practices, as well as their common characteristics and internal varieties. It attempts to open up space for the acknowledgement of the ways in which contemporary capitalism affects all our lives, and for the reflection on possible modes of struggling with it. It focuses on the possibilities that different activist tactics enable, the ways in which those may be innovative or destructive, as well as on their complications and dilemmas. The encounter between the insights of political, social and critical theory on the one hand and activist visions and struggles on the other is urgent and appealing. The essays collected here all explore such a confrontational collaboration, testing its limits and productiveness, in theory as well as in practice. In a mutually beneficial relationship, theoretical concepts are rethought through activist practices, while those activist practices are developed with the help of the insights of critical theory. This volume brings scholars and activists together in the hope of establishing a productive dialogue between the theorizations of the intricacies of our times and the subversive practices that deal with them.

Children Without a State: A Global Human Rights Challenge

    • Title: Children Without a State: A Global Human Rights Challenge
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Jacqueline Bhabha (Editor), Mary Robinson (Foreword)
    • Publisher: The MIT Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0262015277
    • ISBN-13: 978-0262015271
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 392
    • Size / Format: 2,0 mb / pdf
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Description: Children are among the most vulnerable citizens of the world, with a special need for the protections, rights, and services offered by states. And yet children are particularly at risk from statelessness. Thirty-six percent of all births in the world are not registered, leaving more than forty-eight million children under the age of five with no legal identity and no formal claim on any state. Millions of other children are born stateless or become undocumented as a result of migration. Children Without a State is the first book to examine how statelessness affects children throughout the world, examining this largely unexplored problem from a human rights perspective. The book identifies three contemporary manifestations of statelessness: legal statelessness, when people lack any nationality because of the circumstances of their birth or political and legal obstacles; de facto statelessness, when nationals of one country live illegally in another; and effective statelessness, when legal citizens lack the documentation to prove their right to state services.] The human rights repercussions range from dramatic abuses (detention and deportation) to social marginalization (lack of access to education and health care). The book provides a variety of examples, including chapters on Palestinian children in Israel, undocumented young people seeking higher education in the United States, unaccompanied child migrants in Spain, Roma children in Italy, irregular internal child migrants in China, and children in mixed legal/illegal families in the United States.

Building a Successful Palestinian State

    • Title: Building a Successful Palestinian State
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): David & Carol, Richards (Author)
    • Publisher: Rand Publishing
    • Year: 2005
    • ISBN: 0833035320
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 452
    • Size / Format: 4,8 mb / pdf
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Description: The United States, the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations — along with Israel and the Palestinian Authority — all officially support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. This study focuses on a single analytical question: How can an independent Palestinian state, if created, be made successful? This book, a collaboration between two units of the RAND Corporation — RAND Health and the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy — examines what it will take to put the new state on the road to stability and economic, political, and social prosperity over the first decade of its independence. The authors examine options for strengthening the governance of the new state and the structures and processes that will ensure its public safety and security. They describe approaches for promoting the state’s economic development, access to safe and adequate supplies of water, health and health care, and education, identifying ways that leverage Palestine’s many strengths and address the many challenges a new state will face. Finally, the authors estimate the investment required over the first ten years of statehood to help ensure security, build infrastructure, and facilitate the success of the new state.

The African Colonial State in Comparative Perspective

    • Title: The African Colonial State in Comparative Perspective
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Professor Crawford Young (Author)
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Year: 1994
    • ISBN-10: 0300058020
    • ISBN-13: 978-0300058024
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 368
    • Size / Format: 2,6 mb / pdf
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Description: In this comprehensive and original study, a distinguished specialist and scholar of African affairs argues that the current crisis in African development can be traced directly to European colonial rule, which left the continent with a “singularly difficult legacy” that is unique in modern history. Crawford Young proposes a new conception of the state, weighing the different characteristics of earlier European empires (including those of Holland, Portugal, England, and Venice) and distilling their common qualities. He then presents a concise and wide-ranging history of colonization in Africa, from the era of construction through consolidation and decolonization. Young argues that several qualities combined to make the European colonial experience in Africa distinctive. The high number of nations competing for power around the continent and the necessity to achieve effective occupation swiftly, yet make the colonies self-financing, drove colonial powers toward policies of “ruthless extractive action.” The persistent, virulent racism that established a distance between rulers and subjects was especially central to African colonial history. Young concludes by turning his sights to other regions of the once-colonized world, comparing the fates of former African colonies to their counterparts elsewhere. In tracing both the overarching traits and variations in African colonial states, he makes a strong case that colonialism has played a significant part in shaping the fate of this troubled continent.

Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid

    • Title: Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Jimmy Carter (Author)
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Year: 2006
    • ISBN-13: 978-0739477915
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 361
    • Size / Format: 30,5 mb / pdf
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Description: President Carter, who was able to negotiate peace between Israel and Egypt, has remained deeply involved in Middle East affairs since leaving the White House. He has stayed in touch with the major players from all sides in the conflict and has made numerous trips to the Holy Land, most recently as an observer in the Palestinian elections of 2006. In this book President Carter shares his intimate knowledge of the history of the Middle East and his personal experiences of the principal actors, and he addresses sensitive political issues many British and American officials shy from. Palestine is a challenging and provocative book. Pulling no punches, Carter prescribes steps that must be taken for the two states to share the Holy Land without a system of apartheid or the constant fear of terrorism.