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Vol 22 No 9 Sept/Oct 2017

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Human Rights and Radical Social Transformation: Futurity, Alterity, Power

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ISBN13: 9781138690219
Published: August 2017
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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How have politico-legal events regarding global terror and financial crisis, for example, impacted on human rights and their politics? What is the relationship between human rights and regimes of power? Can human rights still be considered an emancipatory discourse? Indeed, were they ever a truly emancipatory discourse? Beyond the left’s traditional skepticism towards human rights, recent political developments seem to have further solidified their inadequacy as a vehicle for radical social transformation.

Human Rights and Radical Social Transformation offers a contemporary re-evaluation of left scepticism towards human rights. Whist still foregrounding a critique of liberal conceptions of rights, it draws upon a range of interdisciplinary resources – including critical legal theory, poststructuralist theory, radical democratic thought and feminist/queer theory – to offer a new view of human rights as always unfinished, and so as always able to move beyond their liberal limits.

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Human Rights and Civil Liberties
1. The Excesses of Human Rights: Beginning to Think A Futural Future for Human Rights
2. (Re)Doing Human Rights: The Performativity of Human Rights To Come
3. Universality as Universalisation: The Universality of Human Rights To Come
4. Beyond Consensus: The Agonism of Human Rights To Come
5. Towards Cultural Translation: The Practice of Human Rights To Come
6. Re-Reading ‘Women’s Rights are Human Rights’ as Human Rights To Come
Conclusion as Non-Conclusion