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Local Responses to Right-Wing Populism: Building Human Rights Cities

Smith, Jackie (2017) Local Responses to Right-Wing Populism: Building Human Rights Cities. Studies in Social Justice. (In Press)

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Today economic vulnerability, heightened inequality, and reduced government capacities has fueled nationalist and xenophobic movements in many countries. Such movements threaten democracy and human rights within countries and globally. Less visible amid these disturbing trends—but no less important for the future of democracy—is the simultaneous expansion of locally-organized human rights initiatives around the world, especially since 2000. A proliferation of place-based movements claiming “rights to the city” is becoming increasingly visible and trans-locally networked. After outlining some of the global dimensions of this development, I discuss work happening in the U.S. city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and explore the broader possibilities for locally based human rights initiatives to address contemporary threats to social justice and peace.


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Item Type: Article
Status: In Press
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Smith, Jackiejgsmith@pitt.edujgsmith0000-0002-4808-0391
Date: 2017
Date Type: Acceptance
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Social Justice
Refereed: Yes
Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2017 20:19
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2017 20:19


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