Human Rights in the Americas [book]

María Herrera-Sobek, Francisco A. Lomelí, Luz Angélica Kirschner, Luz Angélica Kirschner, Francisco Lomelí, María Herrera-Sobek
2021 unpublished
This interdisciplinary book explores human rights in the Americas from multiple perspectives and fields. Taking 1492 as a point of departure, the text explores Eurocentric historiographies of human rights and offers a more complete understanding of the genealogy of the human rights discourse and its many manifestations in the Americas. The essays use a variety of approaches to reveal the larger contexts from which they emerge, providing a cross-sectional view of subjects, countries,
more » ... ntries, methodologies, and foci explicitly dedicated toward understanding historical factors and circumstances that have shaped human rights nationally and internationally within the Americas. The chapters explore diverse cultural, philosophical, political, and literary expressions in which human rights discourses circulate across the continent taking into consideration issues such as race, class, gender, genealogy, and nationality. While acknowledging the ongoing centrality of the nation, the volume promotes a shift in the study of the Americas as a dynamic transnational space of conflict, The Americas are shaped by a multitude of dynamics which have extensive, conflictive, and at times contradictory consequences for society, culture, politics, and the environment. These processes are embedded within a history of interdependence and mutual observation between North and South which originates in the conquest and simultaneous "invention" of America by European colonial powers. The series will challenge the ways we think about the Americas, in particular, and the concept of area studies, in general. Put simply, the series perceives the Americas as transversally related, chronotopically entangled, and multiply interconnected. In its critical positioning at the crossroads of area studies and cultural studies, the series aims to push further the postcolonial, postnational, and cross-border turns in recent studies of the Americas toward a model of horizontal dialogue between cultures, areas, and disciplines. The series pursues the goal to "think the Americas different" and to explore these phenomena from transregional as well as interdisciplinary perspectives. For more information about this series, please visit
doi:10.4324/9781003120315 fatcat:52a7iloi4zgh7j4z5shs7uneoi