Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783602728 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783602735 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Advocacy in Conflict

Critical Perspectives on Transnational Activism

Edited by Alex de Waal

Advocacy in Conflict

Edited by Alex de Waal

Distributed for Zed Books

288 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783602728 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783602735 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America only
For better or for worse, many high-profile celebrities and companies have become vocal advocates for causes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Advocacy in Conflict explores the consequences of these popular culture advocacy strategies, which often compromise the integrity of the cause in pursuit of prominence and influence.
Examining the impact of western mass culture advocates, Advocacy in Conflict evaluates the successes and failures of advocacy campaigns and offers constructive criticism of ongoing efforts. Alex de Waal uses high-profile case studies, such as campaigns related to democracy, human trafficking, disability rights, and land rights to challenge the assumptions and agendas that advocacy organizations perpetuate.

1 Introduction: Transnational Advocacy in Contention
Jennifer Ambrose, Casey Hogle, Trisha Taneja and Keren Yohannes

2 Genealogies of Transnational Activism
Alex de Waal

3 Burma’s Struggle for Democracy: A Critical Appraisal
Maung Zarni with Trisha Taneja

4 The Janus Face of International Activism and Guatemala’s Indigenous Peoples
Roddy Brett

5 Advocacy Delegitimized: The convoluted Case of Gaza
Anat Biletzki

6 Conflict Minerals in Congo: The Consequences of Oversimplification
Laura Seay

7 ‘Make him Famous’: The Single Conflict Narrative of Kony and Kony2012
Mareike Schomerus

8 Getting Away with Mass Murder: The SPLA and Its American Lobbies
Alex de Waal

9 From Whose Perspective Anyway? The Quest for African Disability Rights Activism
Tsitsi Chataika, Maria Berghs, Abraham Mateta and Kudzai Shava

10 Activism and the Arms Trade: Exposing the Shadow World
Andrew Feinstein and Alex de Waal

11 A Right to Land? Activism against Land Grabbing in Africa
Rachel Ibreck

12 Conclusion: Reclaiming Activism
Casey Hogle, Trisha Taneja, Keren Yohannes and Jennifer Ambrose

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Review Quotes
Mary Kaldor, London School of Economics and Political Science
“Anyone who wants to understand the complex, ambiguous, and often neglected nature of international activism must read this informative and readable book. Through a series of fascinating case studies the book illustrates the upsides and downsides of international engagement with local campaigns in some of the most difficult places in the world.”
Michael Barnett, author of The Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism
“This timely and sobering volume asks the critical question: What is the price of success? In a series of compelling cases taken from the recent past, we see how Western activists are often co-opted, or forced to compromise on their founding goals, taking them further and further away from what might truly help those who are supposed to benefit from their activism.”
Robert Muggah, author of No Refuge and Relocation Failures in Sri Lanka
“Alex de Waal and his students have assembled a fascinating group of thinkers and doers to dissect transnational advocacy in the twenty-first century.”
Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Adviser, Oxfam GB, and author of From Poverty to Power
“Based on a series of insightful case studies, Advocacy in Conflict brilliantly explores the contradictory pressures on transnational advocacy. Essential reading for any thoughtful conflict advocate.”
Peter Gill, author of Famine and Foreigners
“These eye-opening studies tell us so much about the way the Western lens distorts the world's realities. George Clooney should read it from cover to cover.”
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