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Lost CausesAgenda Vetting in Global Issue Networks and the Shaping of Human Security$
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Charli Carpenter

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448850

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448850.001.0001

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“His Body, His Choice”

“His Body, His Choice”

Pitching Infant Male Circumcision to Health and Human Rights Gatekeepers

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Lost Causes

Charli Carpenter

Cornell University Press

This chapter describes the origins, claims, and tactics of the “intactivist” movement—a growing coalition of advocacy groups that aim to define infant male circumcision as a human rights violation—and documents the process by which powerful human rights organizations have exercised “agenda denial,” and provides some insight into why intactivist claims have not resonated with organizations at the center of the human rights network. As with the earlier cases, network effects made the difference: even though this particular issue has certain characteristics that make it harder for human rights elites to focus on than some others, a key element of the explanation revolves around dynamics among organizations in the health and human rights networks, and the perceptions of ties among human rights issues themselves.

Keywords:   intactivist movement, infant male circumcision, agenda denial, human rights network, network effects, human rights elites, human rights issues

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