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Author Arrington, Celeste L., 1980-
Title Accidental activists : victim movements and government accountability in Japan and South Korea / Celeste L. Arrington.
Imprint Ithaca ; London : Cornell University Press, 2016.

Author Arrington, Celeste L., 1980-
Series Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.
Subject Political participation -- Japan.
Political participation -- Korea (South)
Government liability -- Japan.
Government liability -- Korea (South)
Victims -- Political activity -- Japan.
Victims -- Political activity -- Korea (South)
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-222) and index.
Contents Introduction: Victimhood and government accountability -- Explaining redress outcomes -- Constructing victimhood and villainy in Japan and Korea -- Leprosy survivors' rights -- The politics of hepatitis C-tainted blood products -- The North Korean abductions and abductee families' activism -- Conclusion: The politics of redress.
Summary Government wrongdoing or negligence harms people worldwide, but not all victims are equally effective at obtaining redress. In Accidental Activists, Celeste L. Arrington examines the interactive dynamics of the politics of redress to understand why not. Relatively powerless groups like redress claimants depend on support from political elites, active groups in society, the media, experts, lawyers, and the interested public to capture democratic policymakers' attention and sway their decisions. Focusing on when and how such third-party support matters, Arrington finds that elite allies may raise awareness about the victims' cause or sponsor special legislation, but their activities also tend to deter the mobilization of fellow claimants and public sympathy. By contrast, claimants who gain elite allies only after the difficult and potentially risky process of mobilizing societal support tend to achieve more redress, which can include official inquiries, apologies, compensation, and structural reforms. Arrington draws on her extensive fieldwork to illustrate these dynamics through comparisons of the parallel Japanese and South Korean movements of victims of harsh leprosy control policies, blood products tainted by hepatitis C, and North Korean abductions. Her book thereby highlights how citizens in Northeast Asia--a region grappling with how to address Japan's past wrongs--are leveraging similar processes to hold their own governments accountable for more recent harms. Accidental Activists also reveals the growing power of litigation to promote policy change and greater accountability from decision makers.
Note English.
ISBN 9780801453762 (cloth ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 40025829906
OCLC # 945976880
Additional Format Print version: Arrington, Celeste L., 1980- Accidental activists. 2016 9780801453762 0801453763 (DLC) 2015032414 (OCoLC)919068334

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