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Remaking Rwanda (11 Edition)by Scott Straus
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Human rights are paradoxical. Advocates across the world invoke the idea that such rights belong to all people, no matter who or where they are. But since humans can only realize their rights in particular places, human rights are both always and never universal.
The Human Rights Paradox is the first book to fully embrace this contradiction and reframe human rights as history, contemporary social advocacy, and future prospect. In case studies that span Africa, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, and the United States, contributors carefully illuminate how social actors create the imperative of human rights through relationships whose entanglements of the global and the local are so profound that one cannot exist apart from the other. These chapters provocatively analyze emerging twenty-first-century horizons of human rights—on one hand, the simultaneous promise and peril of global rights activism through social media, and on the other, the force of intergenerational rights linked to environmental concerns that are both local and global. Taken together, they demonstrate how local struggles and realities transform classic human rights concepts, including victim,” truth,” and justice.”
Edited by Steve J. Stern and Scott Straus, The Human Rights Paradox enables us to consider the consequences—for history, social analysis, politics, and advocacy—of understanding that human rights belong both to humanity” as abstraction as well as to specific people rooted in particular locales.
Remaking Rwanda is the first book to examine Rwanda’s remarkable post-genocide recovery in a comprehensive and critical fashion. By paying close attention to memory politics, human rights, justice, foreign relations, land use, education, and other key social institutions and practices, this volume raises serious concerns about the depth and durability of the country’s reconstruction.
By identifying and embracing the paradox that human rights are at once a transcendent value belonging to all and a reality forged by particular people rooted in specific places, The Human Rights Paradox advances a new way to understand the history, contemporary politics, advocacy, and future prospects of human rights.
In the aftermath of the 1994 genocide, Rwandan women faced the impossibleandmdash;resurrecting their lives amidst unthinkable devastation. Haunted by memories of lost loved ones and of their own experiences of violence, women rebuilt their lives from andldquo;less than nothing.andrdquo; Neither passive victims nor innate peacemakers, they traversed dangerous emotional and political terrain to emerge as leaders in Rwanda today. This clear and engaging ethnography of survival tackles three interrelated phenomenaandmdash;memory, silence, and justiceandmdash;and probes the contradictory roles women played in postgenocide reconciliation.
and#160;and#160;and#160; Based on more than a decade of intensive fieldwork, Genocide Lives in Us provides a unique grassroots perspective on a postconflict society. Anthropologist Jennie E. Burnet relates with sensitivity the heart-wrenching survival stories of ordinary Rwandan women and uncovers political and historical themes in their personal narratives. She shows that womenandrsquo;s leading role in Rwandaandrsquo;s renaissance resulted from several factors: the dire postgenocide situation that forced women into new roles; advocacy by the Rwandan womenandrsquo;s movement; and the inclusion of women in the postgenocide government.
Sometimes called and#8220;the land of a thousand hills,and#8221; Rwanda has witnessed upheavals of massive proportions. Looking at the people of one hill community, Danielle de Lame shows how they coped with unprecedented change during the twilight years of Rwandaand#8217;s Second Republic. In an insightful, meticulously researched study focusing on the late 1980s and early 1990s, de Lame situates this rural community, located at the heart of the Kibuye prefecture, within the larger context of Rwandan history and society. In this country without villages, it is the networks of kinship, administration, and commerce that create complex patterns of solidarity and dependency. De Lame reveals these patterns in all their intricacy, and her treatment of the region and its rhythms speaks at the same time to the economics of production, the inequalities of power, and the dynamics of social transformation. The ultimate goal of her work is to restore the individuality of the people she studies, and#8220;making them neither executioners nor victims but men and women fashioning their own destiny, day after day.and#8221;
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In the mid-1990s, civil war and genocide ravaged Rwanda. Since then, the country’s new leadership has undertaken a highly ambitious effort to refashion Rwanda’s politics, economy, and society, and the country’s accomplishments have garnered widespread praise. Remaking Rwanda is the first book to examine Rwanda’s remarkable post-genocide recovery in a comprehensive and critical fashion. By paying close attention to memory politics, human rights, justice, foreign relations, land use, education, and other key social institutions and practices, this volume raises serious concerns about the depth and durability of the country’s reconstruction.
Edited by Scott Straus and Lars Waldorf, Remaking Rwanda brings together experienced scholars and human rights professionals to offer a nuanced, historically informed picture of post-genocide Rwanda—one that reveals powerful continuities with the nation’s past and raises profound questions about its future.
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About the Author
Scott Straus is associate professor of political science and international studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and author of The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda. Lars Waldorf, senior lecturer in international human rights law at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, is coeditor of Localizing Transitional Justice: Interventions and Priorities after Mass Violence and Disarming the Past: Transitional Justice and Ex-Combatants.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations
Alison Des Forges: Remembering a Human Rights Hero
The Historian as Human Rights Activist
Introduction: Seeing Like a Post-Conflict State
Scott Straus and Lars Waldorf
Part I. Governance and State Building
1. Limitations to Political Reform: The Undemocratic Nature of Transition in Rwanda
2. Instrumentalizing Genocide: The RPF's Campaign against "Genocide Ideology"
3. The Ruler's Drum and the People's Shout: Accountability and Representation on Rwanda's Hills
4. Building a "Rwanda Fit for Children"
5. Beyond "You're Either with Us or against Us": Civil Society and Policymaking in Post-Genocide Rwanda
Part II. International and Regional Contexts
6. Aid Dependence and Policy Independence: Explaining the Rwandan Paradox
7. Funding Fraud? Donors and Democracy in Rwanda
8. Waging (Civil) War Abroad: Rwanda and the DRC
9. Bad Karma: Accountability for Rwandan Crimes in the Congo
Jason Stearns and Federico Borello
Part III. Justice
10. Victor's Justice Revisited: Rwandan Patriotic Front Crimes and the Prosecutorial Endgame at the ICTR
11. The Uneasy Relationship between the ICTR and Gacaca
12. The Sovu Trials: The Impact of Genocide Justice on One Community
13. "All Rwandans Are Afraid of Being Arrested One Day": Prisoners Past, Present, and Future
Part IV. Economic Development
14. High Modernism at the Ground Level: The Imidugudu Policy in Rwanda
15. Rwanda's Post-Genocide Economic Reconstruction: The Mismatch between Elite Ambitions and Rural Realities
16. The Presidential Land Commission: Undermining Land Law Reform
Part V. History and Memory
17. The Past Is Elsewhere: The Paradoxes of Proscribing Ethnicity in Post-Genocide Rwanda
18. Topographies of Remembering and Forgetting: The Transformation of Lieux de Mémoire in Rwanda
19. Teaching History in Post-Genocide Rwanda
Sarah Warshauer Freedman, Harvey M. Weinstein, Karen Murphy, and Timothy Longman
20. Young Rwandans' Narratives of the Past (and Present)
Lyndsay McLean Hilker
21. Reeducation for Reconciliation: Participant Observations on Ingando
Part VI. Concluding Observations
Justice and Human Rights for All Rwandans
The Dancing is Still the Same
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