Rewriting the History of the Law of Nations: How James Brown Scott Made Francisco de Vitoria the Founder of International Law

Paolo Amorosa / Oxford University Press 2019

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  • Provides an uniquely comprehensive and well-researched account of James Brown Scott, a key figure in interwar international law.
  • Shows how James Brown Scott's historical-legal narratives reflected the rise of the United States as the main global power in the early twentieth century.
  • Uses previously unpublished archival material to show Scott's relationship to various activist groups, including feminist and religious organizations.


Social Work in a Glocalised World

Mona Livholts and Lia Bryant / Routledge 2017

This engaging and timely volume contributes new knowledge to the rapidly emerging field of globalisation and social work. The volume brings together cutting-edge interdisciplinary scholarship from countries such as Australia, Finland, Japan, South Africa, the Philippines and Sweden. It proposes ‘glocalisation’ as a useful concept for re-framing conditions, methodologies and practices for social work in a world perspective. 

Part I of the volume, 'The Glocalisation of Social Issues', deals with major environmental, social and cultural issues – migration and human rights, environmental problems and gendered violence. Part II, 'Methodological Re-Shaping and Spatial Transgression in Glocalised Social Work', develops an epistemology of situated knowledge and methodologies inspired by art, creative writing and cultural geography, focusing on physical, material and emotional spatial dimensions of relevance to social work. Part III, 'Responses from Social Work as a Glocalised Profession', examines how social work has responded to specific social problems, crises and vulnerabilities in a glocalised world.


Inflyttad från Sverige: En studie av rikssvenska erfarenheter i Helsingfors

Östen Wahlbeck / Gidlunds förlag 2015

The number of Swedish citizens that move to Finland has steadily increased. This book provides an explanation of the dynamics of the new Swedish migration to Finland. Experiences of Swedish migrants are analysed with the help of theoretical tools provided by Ethnic and Migration Studies. The book presents the results from an interview study with Swedish citizens who live in Helsinki. The focus of the study is on experiences of social integration and ethnic boundary making in a local context. In Helsinki, Swedish speakers constitute a linguistic minority. The analysis of the study provides an understanding of the social positioning and orientations of the Swedish migrants in this new social and linguistic context. The book constitutes a unique contribution to both immigrant research in Finland and research on emigration from Sweden.

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The History and Politics of Free Movement within the European Union: European Borders of Justice

Saila Heinikoski / Bloomsbury Academic 2020

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The right to free movement is the one privilege that EU citizens value the most in the Union, but one that has also created much political controversy in recent years, as the debates preceding the 2016 Brexit referendum aptly illustrate. This book examines how European politicians have justified and criticized free movement from the commencement of the first Commission of the EU-25 in November 2004 to the Brexit referendum in June 2016. The analysis takes into account the discourses of Heads of State, Governments and Ministers of the Interior of six major European states: the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Romania. In addition to these national leaders, the speeches of Commissioners responsible for free movement matters are also considered. The book introduces a new conceptual framework for analysing practical reasoning in political discourses and applies it in the analysis of national free movement debates contextualised in respective migration histories.



Property, Institutions and Social Stratification in Africa

Franklin Obeng-Odoom / Cambridge University Press 2020

In this book, Franklin Obeng-Odoom seeks to carefully explain, engage, and systematically question the existing explanations of inequalities within Africa, and between Africa and the rest of the world using insights from the emerging field of stratification economics. Drawing on multiple sources - including archival and historical material and a wide range of survey data - he develops a distinctive approach that combines key concepts in original institutional economics, such as reasonable value, property, and the distribution of wealth, with other insights into Africa's development and underdevelopment. While looking at the Africa-wide situation, Obeng-Odoom also analyzes the experiences of inequalities within specific countries. Comprehensive and engaging, Property, Institutions, and Social Stratification in Africa is a useful resource for teaching and research on Africa and the Global South.


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The Commons in an Age of Uncertainty: Decolonizing Nature, Economy, and Society

Franklin Obeng-Odoom / University of Toronto Press 2021

In the last two hundred years, the earth has increasingly become the private property of a few classes, races, transnational corporations, and nations. Repeated claims about the "tragedy of the commons" and the "crisis of capitalism" have done little to explain this concentration of land, encourage solution-building to solve resource depletion, or address our current socio-ecological crisis.

The Commons in an Age of Uncertainty presents a new explanation, vision, and action plan based on the idea of commoning the land. The book argues that by commoning the land, rather than privatising it, we can develop the foundation for prosperity without destructive growth and address both local and global challenges. Making the land the most fundamental priority of all commons does not only give hope, it also opens the doors to a new world in which economy, environment, and society are decolonised and liberated.


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International Relations Narratives: Plotting World Politics

Riikka Kuusisto / Routledge 2020

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The book presents an innovative approach to research in International Relations by examining 12 theoretical contributions to the field as competing narrative bids. It demonstrates the pervasive nature of storytelling and considers narratives as a means of causal explanation in the human sciences. It studies some central IR texts by treating them as representatives of four generic plots: romances, tragedies, comedies and satirical stories. The book has been written with both advanced undergraduate and graduate IR students in mind; although it presents an independent overview and analysis, it will also complement a more traditional reader. It has been written with colleagues in mind, to provide a different analytical framework and a fresh reading of some of the classics in the field, and to suggest novel ideas about teaching. Hopefully it will also engage interdisciplinary audiences interested in applications of narrative analysis to world politics.


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Ombudsman as a Global Institution. Transnational Governance and Accountability.

Tero Erkkilä / Palgrave Macmillan 2020

This book explores the ombudsman as a global institution. It has spread all over the world and its institutional development is increasingly being governed transnationally. Initially an institution of administrative law, the ombudsman has become a human rights institution and institution of good governance. These ideational shifts have influenced the global diffusion of the ombudsman but also the way in which this institution of accountability functions. The ombudsman is a peculiar institution of public accountability - both an institution and individual - that observes changes in the general political climate and engages in renegotiations of its intra-institutional position. The global models associated with the ombudsman are a source of organizational ideas, legitimacy, and sense of orientation, but they treat institutional actors differently, working also as mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion. The book tracks the global diffusion and institutional evolution of the ombudsman. Its chapters on institutional cases further explore the joint institutional history of the Parliamentary Ombudsman and the Chancellor of Justice in Finland, and the European Ombudsman.