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“Homosexual People Do Not Stand Outside of Socialist Society”

Eingaben and the History of Homosexuality in East Germany

Jason Johnson

particular on the work of historians Mary Fulbrook, Alf Lüdtke, and especially Paul Betts, the article views such Eingaben as a form of popular participation within the East German dictatorship and a “materialization of civil rights” that grew more forceful

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Scriptive Things

Reading Childhood and Analyzing Discourses through Dolls

Elizabeth Chin

Robin Bernstein. 2011. Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights. New York: NY University Press.

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Apryl Berney

expressive forms that emerged in the post-civil rights era and adding reference to contemporary practices helps give historical specificity to a much longer history of Black girls’ resistant cultural practices. Using information from the interviews I

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Beyond (and Before) the Transnational Turn

Recovering Civil Disobedience as Decolonizing Praxis

Erin Pineda

of civil rights and anticolonial activist praxis). The particularities of the former—structured by sharp distinctions between the domestic and the international and between liberal democratic states and non-liberal-democratic states—produce civil

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Liberal Whispers and Propaganda Fears

The American Jewish Committee and Israel’s Palestinian Minority, 1948–1966

Geoffrey P. Levin

benefited from their human relations work—Israeli Arabs faced broader systemic challenges imposed by state policy. Human relations did not primarily aim to address these problem as human rights and civil rights did, yet the AJC did not engage in the latter

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Seumas Bates

of deliberate oppression ( Lipsitz 2006 ). This research highlights that no matter the progress made by the civil rights movement over the twentieth century, deep racial divisions and inequalities remain throughout Louisiana and the US as a whole

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Latin America and COVID-19

Political Rights and Presidential Leadership to the Test

Brigitte Weiffen

, Latin American democracies were notoriously defective in the areas of political and civil rights and horizontal accountability. In the current situation, it is precisely in these problem areas that additional risks for democracy arise due to restrictions

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Mukul Sharma

). Second, I draw on certain key literary writings to study some historical and contemporary ecological struggles of Dalits. Deploying three case studies, I demonstrate how environmental articulations under the rubric of civil rights developed into

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Theory Versus Practice

History Says That Practice Makes Perfect (And That Judges Are Better Too)

Scott Merriman

Theory argues that rights-based judicial review fails because it does not have popular support. However, examining actual events in battles over freedom of speech, privacy and civil rights demonstrates that this theory often fails when applied. Those arrested during the First World War in America often only received redress through administrative agencies. Civil rights protestors' experiences prove that the federal courts were the only ones generally to protect their rights, and that the legislatures failed to act. Similarly, judicial review increased the freedom of the press during the 1960s, which in turn boosted the civil rights movement. Finally, it was the courts which helped Americans to realize their right to privacy. Included in that right to privacy was the right for people to marry regardless of their race. Overall, courts and administrative agencies, particularly at the federal level, do a better job at protecting rights than legislatures.

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Politics of Recognition and Myths of Race

George Baca

At the time of this writing, the world is watching incredulously as terror and deprivation ravage the poorest citizens of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The region’s middle class and elite fled the disaster, while federal authorities’ inaction resulted in starvation for those too poor to leave. Such callousness embodied in US civil society and state institutions has been made transparent to the world, illuminating the increasing class inequality that has evolved since the passage of the Civil Rights Act. In light of this conflation of racism and class inequality, this forum focuses on the ways that multi-cultural politics mystify such power relations with romantic recollections of popular resistance to racism in the post–World War II era: decolonization, the US civil rights movement, and the fall of apartheid in South Africa.