Accidental Activists: Victim Movements and Government by Celeste L. Arrington

By Celeste L. Arrington

Government wrongdoing or negligence harms humans all over the world, yet now not all sufferers are both potent at acquiring redress. In Accidental Activists, Celeste L. Arrington examines the interactive dynamics of the politics of redress to appreciate why no longer. quite powerless teams like redress claimants rely on aid from political elites, energetic teams in society, the media, specialists, legal professionals, and the public to seize democratic policymakers' cognizance and sway their judgements. concentrating on while and the way such third-party help concerns, Arrington reveals that elite allies may perhaps increase understanding concerning the sufferers’ reason or sponsor exact laws, yet their actions additionally are inclined to deter the mobilization of fellow claimants and public sympathy. in contrast, claimants who achieve elite allies in simple terms after the tough and probably dicy strategy of mobilizing societal aid are likely to in attaining extra redress, that could comprise reputable inquiries, apologies, reimbursement, and structural reforms.

Arrington attracts on her vast fieldwork to demonstrate those dynamics via comparisons of the parallel eastern and South Korean hobbies of sufferers of harsh leprosy keep watch over guidelines, blood items tainted through hepatitis C, and North Korean abductions. Her publication thereby highlights how electorate in Northeast Asia—a area grappling with easy methods to deal with Japan’s previous wrongs—are leveraging comparable tactics to carry their very own governments chargeable for more moderen harms. Accidental Activists additionally unearths the transforming into energy of litigation to advertise coverage switch and larger responsibility from selection makers.

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