Akoumena: A Natural Philosophy of Hearing

The inspiration for this book originated in a startling comment made by Hermann von Helmholtz more than a century ago. It concerns natural philosophy and musical aesthetics. Helmholtz thought that natural philosophy serves musical aesthetics. This raises a paradox concerning sound, philosophy, and human hearing. Could we envision a philosophy of hearing and sound that overcomes Western prejudices concerning music, noise, and tonality? Akoumena takes a critical stance towards the reductionist tendencies within the natural sciences. It suggests that the mechanistic-materialistic mode of inquiry that has risen to prominence in the sciences is a blind alley for philosophy and that phenomenology has a powerful role to play in reconfiguring the intellectual landscape of the twenty-first century. The book aims at integrating diverse styles of inquiry into a philosophy of hearing and sound that harkens back to premodern philosophical systems and archaic modes of experience.

HIV/AIDS and Democratization in Mexico: A Tale of a Globalized Struggle for Human Rights and Development

HIV/AIDS and Democratization in Mexico deepens our understanding of globalization, as a complex and multidimensional phenomenon, as well as its effects on the public policymaking process and sustainable human development in Mexico, especially so for the case of HIV/AIDS and health-related policies. It reveals major changes in this policy area and points to a series of democratic openings in the last few decades, which significantly respond to civil society’s mobilization and human rights activism. The author contends that the emergence of national and international HIV/AIDS policy networks has functioned as a catalyst for the success of pre-existing domestic social groups, in their efforts to advance their legitimate concerns and to assert their rights. In turn, there has been an increasing participation of a broader set of actors in the policymaking process. This has allowed some traditionally marginalized groups, such as sexual minorities, to positively influence policy outcomes. The implications of this analysis go beyond the Mexican case, since it sheds light on the effects of increasingly internationalized policy environments on the domestic or national level. And it provides concrete evidence of the transnational organization and collaboration of civil society groups, and their concerted responses to the negative effects that recent economic reforms—associated with globalization—have had on basic human rights and the vulnerability of marginalized social groups.

Depicting Female Suicide Bombers: Understanding the Radicalization Process

What makes her tick? No one is born a terrorist, but why do women desire to become suicide bombers? Depicting Female Suicide Bombers: Understanding the Radicalization Process presents a comprehensive study of Islamic females who have chosen an unconventional path labeled “terrorism” to overcome internal grief. This book presents an alternative view of suicide terrorism, focusing on the underlying issues and self-struggle that Islamic women experience against cultural and religious stigmas, gender bias, and postpartum depression. Their allegiance, the Achilles’ heel, which is to end their grief, enables them to successfully complete their mission.

Human Rights in the Gold Coast (1945-57): The Politics of Difference and Struggle for Rights

Relying on a first-hand investigation of archival and primary sources, the book scrutinizes the formulation of demands for the collective right to self-determination which emanated from nationalist movements, the debates on whether or not to extend the European Convention on Human Rights to the Gold Coast, and the evolution of drafts for a bill of rights in Ghana’s Independence Constitution. The particular and under-privileged position of women in the colony is a subject of critical commentary throughout the book. By examining the emergence of the human rights idea, the study draws attention to the interplay of factors and actors that inspired a new-fangled notion of universal rights, while highlighting the way politics, including Cold War politics, contributed to define the subject of human rights in an ambiguous, incomplete but promising way.

Health and Human Rights in Ghana: The Political and Economic Aspects of Health Care

Many of the people who can afford to pay for health care travel outside Ghana for medical care when they are faced with serious health problems. Public health care should not be about affluence; it is a human rights issue. This inevitable link between health and human rights is sometimes overlooked in the national discourses about public health and individual access to health care. This book examines the domestic legislation on the public health care system in Ghana. The analysis is situated within the provisions of international human rights treaties, the medium- to long-term consequences of some economic policies, the role of the traditional medicine system in public health care, the silent epidemic of the hepatitis B virus (HBV), and the human rights question in an age of HIV/AIDS in the country. State responsibility to respect, protect, and fulfil the right to health translates to many responsibilities for the citizens, not the least of which is providing the framework for good health delivery.