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Stuart A. Scheingold's landmark work introduced a new understanding of the contribution of rights to progressive social movements, and it continues to stand out as a seminal and provocative book bridging political science and sociolegal studies. Since its original publication, a flourishing body of scholarship has been built on the foundations laid in the original volume. In his new preface, the author provides a cogent and constructive analysis of this new scholarship—which constitutes the legacy of the first edition and the occasion for this thirtieth anniversary second edition. Malcolm Feeley of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, also contributes a new foreword tracing the intellectual roots of The Politics of Rights to the classic texts of social theory and sociolegal studies.
"Scheingold's new Preface . . . offers a compelling synthesis of contemporary rights-scholarship, one that is not infrequently critical of the arguments of the original text. The open, probing presentation of the new Preface simultaneously links it to Scheingold's original text and makes that Preface itself required reading. Laid side-by-side, in fact, the new and the old constitute a definitive POLITICS OF RIGHTS."
—Jeffrey R. Dudas, Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut
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Review Law and Politics Book Review | 10/1/2004