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Rights Make Might: Global Human Rights and Minority Social Movements in Japan

Kiyoteru Tsutsui


Rights Make Might examines why the three most salient minority groups in Japan all expanded their activism since the late 1970s against significant headwinds, and chronicles how global human rights ideas and institutions empowered all three groups to engage in enhanced political activities. It also documents the contributions of the three groups to the expansion of global human rights activities, demonstrating the feedback mechanism from local groups to global institutions. Examining the prehistory of the three groups, it first sets the scene for minority politics in Japan before the 1970s, wh ... More

Keywords: Global human rights, minority activism, international relations, transnational activism, international norms, social movement outcomes, Japanese minority, Ainu, Zainichi (Koreans in Japan), Burakumin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190853105
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190853105.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kiyoteru Tsutsui, author
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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