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Winter 2018 Vol. 8.3

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The “Great Doctrine of Human Rights”: Articulation and Authentication in the Nineteenth-Century U.S. Antislavery and Women’s Rights Movements 
pp. 413 - 439 
Ana Stevenson 

Human rights are often considered a twentieth-century phenomenon, yet the concept has its ideological foundations in earlier social movements. During the nineteenth century, human rights periodically emerged as a contested concept, their meaning in constant flux. When the rhetoric of human rights did appear, it was at important junctures between the antislavery and women’s rights movements. Early allusions were shaped by a tradition of humanitarianism and paternalism, relying on intertextual references and authenticating documents to validate this fledgling idea. By the end of the nineteenth century, however, women’s suffragists attributed a far more recognizable, universalistic meaning to the concept of human rights.

Humanitarianism Was Never Enough: Dorothy Thompson, Sands of Sorrow, and the Arabs of Palestine 
pp. 441 - 465 
Lyndsey Stonebridge 

The ambivalent legacies of postwar humanitarianism have been the subject of much historical critique over the past twenty years. This article discusses the politics of humanitarian compassion through the writing and advocacy of the campaigning journalist and broadcaster, Dorothy Thompson. One of the first to advocate for the rights of Jewish refugees in the late 1930s, Thompson scandalized U.S. opinion when she campaigned for Palestinian refugees in the late 1940s and 1950s. The refugees, she argued, were not simply one humanitarian crisis among many, but the consequence of the failure of the postwar human rights regime to deal either with the violence of state formation or the persistence of nationalism.

Life, Story, Violence: What Narrative Doesn’t Say 
pp. 467 - 483 
Joseph R. Slaughter 

On Vernacular Rights Cultures and the Political Imaginaries of Haq 
pp. 485 - 509 
Sumi Madhok

In this article, I track the deployment of rights in the vernacular across different subaltern citizen mobilizations in Southern Asia. In order to conceptually capture the ethical dynamism, ideational energy and intellectual innovativeness of this language of rights, I argue that we need yet more complex and different kinds of thinking. I propose the framework of vernacular rights cultures to theorise and empirically document rights politics in ‘most of the world’. Studying vernacular rights cultures, I argue in this article, involves documenting and analyzing the literal and conceptual languages of rights/human rights and the political imaginaries these embody while also paying attention to the justificatory premises that animate and activate the stakes and struggles of rights mobilizations.

Dossier on Contemporary Refugee Timespaces

pp. 511 - 517 
Angela Naimou 

On Humanitarian Architecture: A Story of a Border 
pp. 519 - 521 
Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi 

Beyond Europe, Borders Adrift 
pp. 523 - 525 
Maurizio Albahari 

The Human Costs of Outsourcing Deportation 
pp. 527 - 529 
Adam Goodman 

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement Home Raid before Church 
pp. 531 - 533 
Tanya Golash-Boza 

Refusing Refuge at the United States–Mexico Border 
pp. 535 - 537 
Gilberto Rosas 

Necessary Decisions 
pp. 539 - 541 
Sharif M. Youssef 

The Logic of Analogy: Slavery and the Contemporary Refugee 
pp. 543 - 546 
Yogita Goyal 

The Innocents: Reading Refugees in National Culture and Diasporic Literatures 
pp. 547 - 549 
Crystal Parikh 

Anglophone Novels from the Tibetan Diaspora: Negotiations of Empire, Nation, and Culture 
pp. 551 - 554 
Alexandra S. Moore 

Haitian Refugees and the Guantánamo Public Memory Project 
pp. 555 - 557 
April Shemak 

War and the Historical Sociology of Human Rights: Violent Entanglements 
pp. 559 - 578 
John McCallum 

pp. 579 - 582