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Rights Make MightGlobal Human Rights and Minority Social Movements in Japan$
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Kiyoteru Tsutsui

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190853105

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190853105.001.0001

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(p.3) 1 Introduction
Rights Make Might

Kiyoteru Tsutsui

Oxford University Press

The chapter offers an overview of the book starting with a summary of the history of Ainu, Zainichi, and Burakumin before posing the core puzzle of the book. It then examines literatures on the history of global human rights and their impact on local social movements, and situates the book’s approach in the broader scholarly approaches in the studies of social movements, human rights, and globalization. It then points to the three key theoretical contributions of the book: (1) the transformative impact of global human rights on local actors, (2) subnational variations in how global human rights affect local politics, and (3) the feedback mechanisms through which local movements influence global human rights institutions.

Keywords:   Japanese minority, global human rights, Ainu, Zainichi (Koreans in Japan), Burakumin, world society approach, institutionalism, political opportunities, resource mobilization, framing, human rights history

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