Human Rights and Free Trade in Mexico A Discursive and Sociopolitical Perspective

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-05-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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This book demonstrates how human rights instruments and values have brought different movements together in the struggle against free trade under the banners of state duty and law enforcement with their underlying principles of equality and human dignity. Special emphasis is placed on how subjectivities influence identification with certain values and legal or political strategies. Furthermore, by focusing on the understanding of human rights by social agents the book also shows that specific human rights have more political potential for certain types of subjects in the struggle against free trade than others, such as the right to development, the rights of women and the right to food. This analysis is conducted with a specifically Latin American theorization of human rights that challenges both Eurocentric scholarly works on the issue and the arguments of European activists directed at the allegedly Western authorship of human rights discourses.

Author Biography

Ariadna Estévez is a Researcher at the Centre for Research on North America, National Autonomous University of Mexico (CISAN-UNAM), and teaches human rights at the Mexican branch of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO).

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: A Discursive and Sociopolitical Approach to Free Trade and Human Rightsp. 1
Introductionp. 31
The Neoliberal Paradox: Conservative Economic Change and the Rise of Democratic Politicsp. 33
The Emergence of Human Rights Discourse in Mexicop. 55
The Exhaustion of Transition to Democracy Discourse: Human Rights Discourse Enters Anti-free Trade Strugglesp. 75
Introductionp. 99
Constructing Free Trade Worldviews with Human Rights Discoursep. 105
The Construction of Identities and Specific Agendas with Human Rights Discoursep. 133
Articulating Anti-free Trade Struggles with Human Rights Discoursep. 155
Conclusionsp. 187
Notesp. 195
Bibliographyp. 229
Interviewsp. 251
Indexp. 253
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