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In Defence of Universal Human Rights RHODA E. HOWARD-HASSMANN

In this passionately argued book renowned human rights scholar Rhoda E. HowardHassmann vigorously defends the universality of human rights, arguing that the entire range of rights is necessary for all individuals everywhere. Above all, she defends civil and political rights, such as the rights not to be tortured and the rights to vote, which are often so taken for granted as to be entirely neglected. Howard-Hassmann grounds her defense of universality in her conception of human dignity, which she maintains must include personal autonomy, equality, respect, recognition, and material security. Only social democracies, she contends, can be considered fully rights-protective states. Taking issue with scholars who argue that human rights are “Western,” quasi-imperialist impositions on states in the global South, and risk undermining community and social obligation, Howard-Hassmann explains how human rights support communities and can only be preserved if states and individuals observe their duties to protect them. RHODA E. HOWARD-HASSMANN is a Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights, jointly appointed to the Department of Political Science and the School of International Policy and Governance (Balsillie School of International Affairs).

Popular Protest in China TERESA WRIGHT

In this comprehensive book, leading scholar of Chinese government and politics Teresa Wright analyzes the array of protests that have swept China in the postMao period. Exploring the origins and nature of political protest through a range of different groups in China – from farmers to factory workers, urban homeowners to environmentalists, nationalists to dissidents, Wright shows that popular protest has achieved adequate government responses to the public’s most serious grievances. Indeed, to the extent that protest demands have been met with sympathy or support on the part of national political leaders, protest may actually have worked to strengthen central government legitimacy in China. Yet Wright cautions that this may not last forever. For Chinese citizens that engage in protest often suffer serious emotional and physical costs. As a result, they have developed an unhealthy relationship with regime. In this context, Xi Jinping’s recent efforts to restrict public expression may backfire – leading to an explosive dynamic that may threaten the political stability that China’s ruling elites so desire. TERESA WRIGHT is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Long Beach.

216 x 138mm | 240 pages | October 2018

HB | 978-1-5095-1353-6 £50.00 | $64.95 | €65.90 PB | 978-1-5095-1354-3 £15.99 | $22.95 | €20.90

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Series: China Today

210 x 148mm | 256 pages | June 2018

HB | 978-1-5095-0355-1 £50.00 | $64.95 | €65.90 PB | 978-1-5095-0356-8 £15.99 | $22.95 | €20.90

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