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The Divided World: Human Rights and Its Violence

Randall Williams


Taking a critical view of a venerated international principle, this book shows how the concept of human rights—often taken for granted as a force for good in the world—corresponds directly with U.S. imperialist aims. Citing internationalists from W. E. B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon to, more recently, M. Jacqui Alexander and China Miéville, the text insists on a reckoning of human rights with the violence of colonial modernity. Despite the emphasis on international human rights since World War II, the text notes that the discourse of human rights has consistently reinforced the concerns of the as ... More

Keywords: human rights, W. E. B. Du Bois, Frantz Fanon, M. Jacqui Alexander, China Miéville, colonial modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780816665419
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816665419.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Randall Williams, author