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Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms > Political control & influence > Political oppression & persecution > General

The Prison Memoirs of a Japanese Woman (Paperback): Kaneko Fumiko, Mikiso Hane, Jean Inglis The Prison Memoirs of a Japanese Woman (Paperback)
Kaneko Fumiko, Mikiso Hane, Jean Inglis
R791 Discovery Miles 7 910 Special order

Kaneko Fumiko (1903-1926) wrote this memoir while in prison after being convicted of plotting to assassinate the Japanese emperor. Despite an early life of misery, deprivation, and hardship, she grew up to be a strong and independent young woman. When she moved to Tokyo in 1920, she gravitated to left-wing groups and eventually joined with the Korean nihilist Pak Yeol to form a two-person nihilist organization. Two days after the Great Tokyo Earthquake, in a general wave of anti-leftist and anti-Korean hysteria, the authorities arrested the pair and charged them with high treason. Defiant to the end (she hanged herself in prison on July 23, 1926), Kaneko Fumiko wrote this memoir as an indictment of the society that oppressed her, the family that abused and neglected her, and the imperial system that drove her to her death.

Becoming a Subject - Political Prisoners during the Greek Civil War, 1945-1950 (Paperback): Polymeris Voglis Becoming a Subject - Political Prisoners during the Greek Civil War, 1945-1950 (Paperback)
Polymeris Voglis
R547 R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Save R41 (7%) Special order

Focusing on the Greek Civil War (1946-1949), the last major conflict in Europe before the end of the Cold War, this study examines the political prisoners whose fate encapsulates the dramatic conflicts and contradictions of that dark era. New sources such as prisoners' letters, memoirs, and official reports, the author describes the life of the prisoners and the effect the prison administration and the prisoners' collective had on their personality. Drawing comparisons to political prisoners in Germany and Spain, the author sheds new light on our understanding of the ideologies and policies and their effect on individuals, which marked European history in the 20th century.

The Kwangju Uprising: A Miracle of Asian Democracy as Seen by the Western and the Korean Press - A Miracle of Asian Democracy... The Kwangju Uprising: A Miracle of Asian Democracy as Seen by the Western and the Korean Press - A Miracle of Asian Democracy as Seen by the Western and the Korean Press (Paperback)
Henry Scott Stokes, Lily Xiao-Hong Lee
R792 Discovery Miles 7 920 Special order

The Kwangju Uprising that occurred in May 1980 is burned into the minds of South Koreans in much the same way that Tiananmen is burned into the minds of contemporary Chinese. As the world watched in horror following the assassination of President Park Chung Hee, student protesters were brutally suppressed by the military and police led by strongman Chun Doo Hwan. Kim Dae Jung, the current president of South Korea, was imprisoned and sentenced to death during this period.

This book recreates those earth-shaking events through eyewitness reports of leading Western correspondents on the scene as well as Korean participants and observers. Photographs, detailed street maps, and dramatic woodblock prints further illuminate the day-to-day drama to keep this atrocity alive in the conscience of the world.

Out of Order (Hardcover, New): Mary Corcoran Out of Order (Hardcover, New)
Mary Corcoran
R1,746 Discovery Miles 17 460 Special order

This book provides a comprehensive account of the imprisonment of women for politically motivated offences in Northern Ireland between 1972 and 1999. Women political prisoners were engaged in a campaign to obtain formal recognition as political prisoners, and then to retain this status after it was revoked. Their lengthy involvement in a prison conflict of international significance was notable as much because of its longevity as the radical aspects of their prison protests, which included hunger strikes, dirty-protests and campaigns against institutional abuses. Out of Order brings out the qualitatively distinctive character and punitive ethos of regimes of political imprisonment for women, exploring the dynamics of their internal organisation, the ways in which they subverted order and security in prison, and their strategies of resistance and exploitation. Drawing upon a wide range of first hand accounts and interviews this book brings together perspectives from the areas of political imprisonment, the penal punishment of women and the question of agency and resistance in prison to create a unique, highly readable study of a neglected subject.

Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage (Paperback): Ayanna Thompson Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage (Paperback)
Ayanna Thompson
R872 Discovery Miles 8 720 Special order

Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage provides the first sustained reading of Restoration plays through a performance theory lens. This approach shows that an analysis of the conjoined performances of torture and race not only reveals the early modern interest in the nature of racial identity, but also how race was initially coded in a paradoxical fashion as both essentially fixed and socially constructed. An examination of scenes of torture provides the most effective way to unearth these seemingly contradictory representations of race because depictions of torture often interrogate the incongruous desire to substitute the visible and manipulable materiality of the body for the more illusive performative nature of identity. In turn, Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage challenges the long-standing assumption that early modern conceptions of race were radically different in their fluidity from post-Enlightenment ones by demonstrating how many of the debates we continue to have about the nature of racial identity were engendered by these seventeenth-century performances.

The road to democracy - African solidarity (Hardcover): South African Democracy Education Trust The road to democracy - African solidarity (Hardcover)
South African Democracy Education Trust
R1,197 Discovery Miles 11 970 Special order

This volume focuses on the historical significance of African solidarity in South Africa's struggle for national liberation. The book challenges the notion and widely-shared prejudice permeating South African historiography - that, while South Africa is geographically a part of the African continent, its history is not integral to that of the continent, but more to the history of its European colonial powers. To debunk this offshore island view about South Africa within Africa, the book analyzes the relationship which existed between the Organization of African Unity and the South African liberation movements: the African National Congress and the Pan Africanist Congress. It also highlights the fraternal ties that bound these liberation movements to Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, Algeria, Lesotho, Nigeria, Egypt, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and the Caribbean region. Contents include: The Geopolitics of Apartheid South Africa in the African Continent: 1948-1994 * Ghana's Contribution to the Anti-Apartheid Struggle: 1958-1994 * Anti-Colonial Internationalism and Black Internationalism: Caribbean and African Solidarities, the South African Case * Algeria and the Struggle against Apartheid in South Africa, 1955-1994 * Tanzania's Solidarity with South Africa's Liberation * The Role of the OAU Liberation Committee in the South African Liberation Struggle * Zambia and Developments in the South African Liberation Struggle, 1960-1994 * Egypt's Role in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle and Support for the South African Liberation Movements * Nigeria's Solidarity with South Africa's Liberation Struggle * Botswana and the Liberation of South Africa: An Evolving Story of Sacrifice * Zimbabwe and the Liberation of South Africa, 1980-1994 * Lesotho and the Struggle for Liberation in South Africa * Ethiopia and the Anti-Apartheid Movement. (Series: The Road to Democracy in South Africa - Vol. 5)

Dictatorship and Political Police - The Technique of Control by Fear (Paperback): E.K. Bramstedt Dictatorship and Political Police - The Technique of Control by Fear (Paperback)
E.K. Bramstedt
R839 Discovery Miles 8 390 Special order

First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Cultural Encounters - The Impact of the Inquisition in Spain and the New World (Paperback): Mary Elizabeth Perry, Anne J. Cruz Cultural Encounters - The Impact of the Inquisition in Spain and the New World (Paperback)
Mary Elizabeth Perry, Anne J. Cruz
R683 R609 Discovery Miles 6 090 Save R74 (11%) Special order

More than just an expression of religious authority or an instrument of social control, the Inquisition was an arena where cultures met and clashed on both shores of the Atlantic. This pioneering volume examines how cultural identities were maintained despite oppression. Persecuted groups were able to survive the Inquisition by means of diverse strategies--whether Christianized Jews in Spain preserving their experiences in literature, or native American folk healers practicing medical care. These investigations of social resistance and cultural persistence will reinforce the cultural significance of the Inquisition. Contributors: Jaime Contreras, Anne J. Cruz, Jes s M. De Bujanda, Richard E. Greenleaf, Stephen Haliczer, Stanley M. Hordes, Richard L. Kagan, J. Jorge Klor de Alva, Moshe Lazar, Angus I. K. MacKay, Geraldine McKendrick, Roberto Moreno de los Arcos, Mary Elizabeth Perry, Noem Quezada, Mar a Helena Sanchez Ortega, Joseph H. Silverman This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1995.

Falun Gong's Challenge to China - Spiritual Practice or "Evil Cult"? (Paperback): Danny Schechter Falun Gong's Challenge to China - Spiritual Practice or "Evil Cult"? (Paperback)
Danny Schechter
R295 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R53 (18%) Special order

Cultural Writing. Politics. A revised edition of Schechter's investigation into the on-going tension between Falun Gong practitioners and the Chinese state. "Schechter lays bare the Chinese dictatorship's hysterical response to an innocent organization, which will, without intending to, educate the Chinese public in mass resistance. Schechter's book is must-reading for those who want to understand the Chinese government's fear of its own people" - Gregory Palast, The Observer (London).

Taking Lives - Genocide and State Power (Hardcover, 5th New edition): Irving Louis Horowitz Taking Lives - Genocide and State Power (Hardcover, 5th New edition)
Irving Louis Horowitz
R1,906 Discovery Miles 19 060 Special order

Taking Lives is a pivotal effort to reconstruct the social and political contexts of twentieth century, state-inspired mass murder. Irving Louis Horowitz re-examines genocide from a new perspective -- viewing this issue as the defining element in the political sociology of our time. The fifth edition includes approximately 30 percent new materials with five new chapters. The work is divided into five parts: "Present as History Past as Prologue, " "Future as Memory, " "Toward A General Theory of State-Sponsored Crime, " "Studying Genocide." The new edition concludes with chapters reviewing the natural history of genocide studies from 1945 to the present, along with a candid self-appraisal of the author's work in this field over four decades.

Taking Lives asserts that genocide is not a sporadic or random event, nor is it necessarily linked to economic development or social progress. Genocide is a special sort of mass destruction conducted with the approval of the state apparatus. Life and death issues are uniquely fundamental, since they alone serve as a precondition for the examination of all other issues. Such concerns move us beyond abstract, formalist frameworks into new ways of viewing the social study of the human condition. Nearly all reviewers of earlier editions have recognized this. Taking Lives is a fundamental work for political scientists, sociologists, and all those concerned with the state's propensity toward evil.

Back To Mandalay: An Insider's View Of Burma (Paperback, New edition): Gerry Abbott Back To Mandalay: An Insider's View Of Burma (Paperback, New edition)
Gerry Abbott
R417 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R37 (9%) Special order

When Gerry Abbott assumed an English-language lecturing post in Mandalay in 1986, little did he realize that he would witness one of the most brutal political crackdowns in southeast Asian history. His account of the onset of pro-democracy rallies and their violent suppression is presented here. When the author assumed a two-year lecturing position in English language at a college in Mandalay in 1986, little did he realize that he was to witness the lead-up to one the most brutal political crackdowns in southeast Asian history. His highly personal account of life in Burma, the

Labor Camp Socialism: The Gulag in the Soviet Totalitarian System - The Gulag in the Soviet Totalitarian System (Hardcover):... Labor Camp Socialism: The Gulag in the Soviet Totalitarian System - The Gulag in the Soviet Totalitarian System (Hardcover)
Galina Mikhailovna Ivanova, Donald J. Raleigh, Galina Mikhailovna, Carol A. Flath
R2,196 Discovery Miles 21 960 Special order

This is the first historical survey of the Gulag based on newly accessible archival sources as well as memoirs and other studies published since the beginning of glasnost.

Over the course of several decades, the Soviet labor camp system drew into its orbit tens of millions of people -- political prisoners and their families, common criminals, prisoners of war, internal exiles, local officials, and prison camp personnel. This study sheds new light on the operation of the camp system, both internally and as an integral part of a totalitarian regime that "institutionalized violence as a universal means of attaining its goals". In Galina Ivanova's unflinching account -- all the more powerful for its austerity -- the Gulag is the ultimate manifestation of a more pervasive and lasting distortion of the values of legality, labor, and life that burdens Russia to the present day.

Dissent in Dangerous Times (Hardcover, New): Austin Sarat Dissent in Dangerous Times (Hardcover, New)
Austin Sarat
R1,840 Discovery Miles 18 400 Special order

"Dissent in Dangerous Times" presents essays by six distinguished scholars, who provide their own unique views on the interplay of loyalty, patriotism, and dissent.
While dissent has played a central role in our national history and in the American cultural imagination, it is usually dangerous to those who practice it, and always unpalatable to its targets. War does not encourage the tolerance of opposition at home any more than it does on the front: if the War on Terror is to be a permanent war, then the consequences for American political freedoms cannot be overestimated.
""Dissent in Dangerous Times" examines the nature of political repression in liberal societies, and the political and legal implications of living in an environment of fear. This profound, incisive, at times even moving volume calls upon readers to think about, and beyond, September 11, reminding us of both the fragility and enduring power of freedom."
--Nadine Strossen, President, American Civil Liberties Union, and Professor of Law, New York Law School.

Contributors to this volume
Lauren Berlant
Wendy Brown
David Cole
Hugh Gusterson
Nancy L. Rosenblum
Austin Sarat

Blind Conscience (Paperback, New): Margot O'Neill Blind Conscience (Paperback, New)
Margot O'Neill
R546 Discovery Miles 5 460 Special order

On the 'long list' for the inaugural John Button Prize for Australian politics and social policy. This profoundly moving book reveals the untold story of the people who struggled to get asylum seekers out of detention and change government policy. "Lateline" journalist Margot O'Neill, who covered many of these stories while they were happening, paints a compelling and heartbreaking picture through an extraordinary cast of characters. Some, like Petro Georgiou, Julian Burnside and Phillip Ruddock, are very well-known. Others are not famous but simply felt compelled to follow their consciences and act to help desperate people in desperate situations, often to the detriment of their personal well-being.

Chile, Pinochet and the Caravan of Death (Paperback): Patricia Verdugo Chile, Pinochet and the Caravan of Death (Paperback)
Patricia Verdugo
R635 Discovery Miles 6 350 Special order

This narrative offers evidence of the mass execution of 72 political prisoners that began General Augusto Pinochet's 20 year dictatorship. The killings terrorized Chile. This edition includes a description of Chile's judical hearings to strip the General of his immunity.

Surviving Mexico's Dirty War - A Political Prisoner's Memoir (Hardcover, annotated edition): Alberto Ulloa Bornemann Surviving Mexico's Dirty War - A Political Prisoner's Memoir (Hardcover, annotated edition)
Alberto Ulloa Bornemann; Edited by Arthur Schmidt, Aurora Camacho de Schmidt; Translated by Arthur Schmidt, Aurora Camacho de Schmidt
R1,636 Discovery Miles 16 360 Special order

This is the first major, book-length memoir of a political prisoner from Mexico's dirty war of the 1970s. Written with the urgency of a first-person narrative, it is a unique work, providing an inside story of guerrilla activities and a gripping tale of imprisonment and torture at the hands of the Mexican government. Alberto Ulloa Bornemann was a young idealist when he dedicated himself to clandestine resistance and to assisting Lucio Cabaas, the guerrilla leader of the Party of the Poor. Here the author exposes readers to the day-to-day activities of revolutionary activists seeking to avoid discovery by government forces. After his capture, Ulloa Bornemann endured disappearance into a secret military jail and later abusive conditions in three civilian prisons. Although "testimonios" of former political prisoners from other Latin American nations have recently come into print, there are very few books about Mexico's political warsOCoand none as vivid and disturbing as this."

Surviving the Storm: A Memoir - A Memoir (Paperback, Revised): Chen Xuezhao Surviving the Storm: A Memoir - A Memoir (Paperback, Revised)
Chen Xuezhao
R682 Discovery Miles 6 820 Special order

Memoirs of the Chinese author, Chen Xeuzhao, who was branded a rightist by the communist authorities. The book tells of her suffering during the Cultural Revolution.

Global Homophobia - States, Movements, and the Politics of Oppression (Paperback): Meredith L. Weiss, Michael J. Bosia Global Homophobia - States, Movements, and the Politics of Oppression (Paperback)
Meredith L. Weiss, Michael J. Bosia
R573 Discovery Miles 5 730 Special order

While homophobia is commonly characterized as individual and personal prejudice, this collection of essays instead explores homophobia as a transnational political phenomenon. Contributors theorize homophobia as a distinct configuration of repressive state-sponsored policies and practices with their own causes, explanations, and effects on how sexualities are understood and experienced in a range of national contexts. The essays include a broad range of geographic cases, including France, Ecuador, Iran, Lebanon, Poland, Singapore, and the United States.

Dead Letters - Censorship and subversion in New Zealand 1914-1920 (Paperback): Jared Davidson Dead Letters - Censorship and subversion in New Zealand 1914-1920 (Paperback)
Jared Davidson
R436 R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Save R27 (6%) Special order
The Language of Oppression (Paperback, Revised): Haig A. Bosmajian The Language of Oppression (Paperback, Revised)
Haig A. Bosmajian
R884 Discovery Miles 8 840 Special order

Examines decadence in our language, especially that language which leads to dehumanization and degradation of human beings. Powerful illustrations may be found in the fact that, for instance, Hitler's "Final Solution" appeared "reasonable" once the Jews were successfully labelled by the Nazis as sub-humans, "parasites," "vermin," or "bacilli." So, too, the subjugation of the American Indian was "defensible" since they were defined as "barbarians" and "savages." The author of this engrossing text that was originally published in 1974 by Public Affairs Press successfully identifies and critically comments on the racist, sexist, and ethnic slurs still predominant in society today, with the hope that this decadence will be cured. Winner of the 1983 George Orwell Award from the Committee on Doublespeak of the NCTE.

Linguistics and the Third Reich - Mother-tongue Fascism, Race and the Science of Language (Hardcover, New): Christopher Hutton Linguistics and the Third Reich - Mother-tongue Fascism, Race and the Science of Language (Hardcover, New)
Christopher Hutton
R2,581 Discovery Miles 25 810 Special order


This book presents an insightful account of the academic politics of the Nazi era and analyses the work of selected linguists, including Jos Trier and Leo Weisgerber. Hutton situates Nazi linguistics within the politics of Hitler's state and within the history of modern linguistics.

eBook available with sample pages: 0203021010

The Pinochet Papers - The Case of Augusto Pinochet in Spain and Britain (Hardcover): Michael Ratner, Reed Brody The Pinochet Papers - The Case of Augusto Pinochet in Spain and Britain (Hardcover)
Michael Ratner, Reed Brody
R5,605 Discovery Miles 56 050 Special order

The arrest of General Augusto Pinochet in October 1998 was a wake-up call to tyrants everywhere. The two subsequent rulings by the British House of Lords rejecting his claim of immunity forged legal history. This book traces the legal proceedings in the Pinochet case from the investigation in Spain, through the October 1999 ruling by a London Magistrate that Pinochet could be extradited to Spain, to the final decision to release Pinochet for health reasons. By including the full text of the British judicial decisions as well as the arrest warrants, translations of the key Spanish court rulings, excerpts from the legal arguments put forward by all sides, and commentaries by participants in the case and legal scholars, this volume gives the reader an understanding of the factual, political, and legal context of this historic prosecution.

Rebuilding Communities in Refugee Settlements (Paperback): Lina Payne Rebuilding Communities in Refugee Settlements (Paperback)
Lina Payne
R529 R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Save R116 (22%) Special order

This book gives a critical account of a complex and ambitious refugee-settlement programme in support of 55,000 refugees who fled in 1993 from armed conflict in south Sudan into a remote and insecure region of north-west Uganda. In helping refugees to rebuild self-reliant, sustainable communities, Oxfam's vision was to treat them as people with their own capacities and dignity. This book relates how structures were established to ensure the representation of all groups, particularly the most vulnerable. It considers the questions of integration with the local host population; site-suitability and the impact of refugee settlements on their physical environment; the problems of donor fatigue and the internal stresses created when a disaster-relief operation evolves into a community-development programme in a still-turbulent context.

Anti-Semitism in America - American Jewish History (Hardcover, Reissue): Jeffrey Gurock Anti-Semitism in America - American Jewish History (Hardcover, Reissue)
Jeffrey Gurock
R7,119 Discovery Miles 71 190 Special order

Part of an eight volume set which collates articles written on the history of the Jewish people in America, this volume, in two parts, charts the manifestations of anti-semitism in all areas of American life, from academia during the Civil War and from the political arena to the American South. Articles also cover such areas as social discrimination around the turn of the century, Jews as portrayed in American caricature and the origins of black anti-semitism in America.

Gulag Boss - A Soviet Memoir (Paperback): Fyodor Vasilevich Mochulsky Gulag Boss - A Soviet Memoir (Paperback)
Fyodor Vasilevich Mochulsky
R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Special order

The searing accounts of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Evgeniia Ginsberg and Varlam Shalamov opened the world's eyes to the terrors of the Soviet Gulag. But not until now has there been a memoir of life inside the camps written from the perspective of an actual employee of the Secret police. In this riveting memoir, superbly translated by Deborah Kaple, Fyodor Mochulsky describes being sent to work as a boss at the forced labor camp of Pechorlag in the frozen tundra north of the Arctic Circle. Only twenty-two years old, he had but a vague idea of the true nature of the Gulag. What he discovered was a world of unimaginable suffering and death, a world where men were starved, beaten, worked to death, or simply executed. Mochulsky details the horrific conditions in the camps and the challenges facing all those involved, from prisoners to guards. He depicts the power struggles within the camps between the secret police and the communist party, between the political prisoners (most of whom had been arrested for the generic crime of "counter-revolutionary activities") and the criminal convicts. And because Mochulsky writes of what he witnessed with the detachment of the engineer that he was, readers can easily understand how a system that destroyed millions of lives could be run by ordinary Soviet citizens who believed they were advancing the cause of socialism. Mochulsky remained a communist party member his entire life-he would later become a diplomat-but was deeply troubled by the gap between socialist theory and the Soviet reality of slave labor and mass murder. This unprecedented memoir takes readers into that reality and sheds new light on one of the most harrowing tragedies of the 20th century.

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