Minimum Contract Justice: A Capabilities Perspective on Sweatshops and Consumer Contracts
by Lyn K. L. Tjon Soei Len
Hart Publishing (May 4, 2017)
The collapse of the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh (2013) is one of many cases to invoke critical scrutiny and moral outrage regarding the conditions under which consumer goods sold on our markets are produced elsewhere. In spite of abiding moral concerns, these goods remain popular and consumers continue to buy them. Such transactions for goods made under deplorable production conditions are usually presumed to count as 'normal' market transactions, ie transactions that are recognized as valid consumer-contracts under the rules of contract law.
"Minimum Contract Justice" challenges this presumption of normality. It explores the question of how theories of justice bear on such consumer contracts; how should a society treat a transaction for a good made under deplorable conditions elsewhere? This Book defends the position that a society that strives to be minimally just should not lend its power to enforce, support, or encourage transactions that are incompatible with the ability of others elsewhere to live decent human lives. As such, the book introduces a new perspective on the legal debate concerning deplorable production conditions that has settled around ideas of corporate responsibility, and the pursuit of international labour rights.
War Culture Series Rutgers University Press (March 1, 2017)
Whether presented as exotic fantasy, a strategic location during World War II, or a site combining postwar leisure with military culture, Hawaii and the South Pacific figure prominently in the U.S. national imagination. "Hollywood's Hawaii" is the first full-length study of the film industry's intense engagement with the Pacific region from 1898 to the present.
Delia Malia Caparoso Konzett highlights films that mirror the cultural and political climate of the country over more than a century — from the era of U.S. imperialism on through Jim Crow racial segregation, the attack on Pearl Harbor and WWII, the civil rights movement, the contemporary articulation of consumer and leisure culture, as well as the buildup of the modern military industrial complex. Focusing on important cultural questions pertaining to race, nationhood and war, Konzett offers a unique view of Hollywood film history produced about the national periphery for mainland U.S. audiences. "Hollywood's Hawaii" presents a history of cinema that examines Hawaii and the Pacific and its representations in film in the context of colonialism, war, Orientalism, occupation, military buildup and entertainment.
North American Border Conflicts: Race, Politics, and Ethics
by Laurence Armand French and Magdaleno Manzanarez
CRC Press (December 21, 2016)
"North American Border Conflicts: Race, Politics, and Ethics" adds to the current discussion on class, race, ethnic, and sectarian divides, not only within the United States but throughout the Americas in general. The book explores the phenomenon of border challenges throughout the world, particularly the current increase in population migration in the America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, which has been linked to human trafficking and many other causes of human suffering. "North American Border Conflicts" takes students through the rich, sad history of border conflict on this continent.
(Reconfiguring Identities in the Portuguese-Speaking World) Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften (November 30, 2016)
Although he committed suicide at the age of twenty-five, Mário de Sá-Carneiro left behind a rich corpus of texts that is inventive, playful, even daring. The first collection in English to be dedicated to his work, this volume brings together scholars from Portugal, Brazil and the USA to reassess Sá-Carneiro’s contribution to Portuguese and European Modernism(s). In the book, established researchers and younger scholars delve into the complexities and paradoxes of his work, exploring not only the acclaimed novella "Lucio’s Confession," but also his poetry, short fiction and correspondence. Each essay engages in the necessary task of placing Sá-Carneiro’s work in a wider literary and artistic context, bringing back to his texts the creative energy of early twentieth-century Europe. Plural in their methods, the essays propose multiple lenses through which to tackle key aspects of Sá-Carneiro’s oeuvre: his aesthetic and artistic influences and preoccupations; his negotiations/performances of identity; and the ways in which his work emerges in dialogue with other Modernist authors and how they in turn engage with his work. Though he is sometimes overshadowed by his more famous friend and artistic comrade, Fernando Pessoa, this collection shows just how much one misses, if one overlooks Sá-Carneiro and other writers of the Orpheu generation.
A Novel Without Boundaries: Sensing Don Quixote 400 Years Later
edited by Carmen Garcia De La Rasilla and Jorge Abril Sanchez
(Documentacion Cervantina Tom Lathrop) Juan de la Cuesta (November 8, 2016)
This volume of essays by new and established figures in its field will appeal to scholars in disciplines such as literature, drama, history and cultural studies. It offers ten fresh perspectives on Miguel de Cervantes' "Don Quixote" 400 years after the publication of its Second Part and consists of two sections. The first group of articles examines meta-readings and visual elements of the masterpiece in relation to some major literary forms and genres — such as novels of chivalry, the Alexandrian epic narrative and the genesis of detective fiction, all of which contributed to the creation and maintenance of a quixotic tradition in Western writing. The second set of essays explores the transformation of the novel in various linguistic, generic and sociopolitical contexts and formats, from Spanish royal festivities, foreign translations and chapbooks to macroeconomics and Latin American street theater.