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Critical Perspectives on Human Rights


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Introduction, Birgit Schippers Part I: Troubling Human Rights 1 Language and Freedom in Critiques of Human Rights, Rachel Wahl 2 Human Rights Trouble? Judith Butler and the Performative Refusal of Human Rights, Ben Golder 3 Rethinking the Human in Human Rights, Moya Lloyd 4 Towards a Posthumanist Conception of Human Rights, Birgit Schippers Part II: Practicing Human Rights 5 Practice, Justification and Queer: Human Rights meets Sexuality and Gender Diversity, Anthony J. Langlois 6 Human Dignity and Human Rights: Lessons from the Fight for Marriage Equality in the United States, Karen Zivi 7 The Political Movement for a Human Right to the City, Joe Hoover 8 Peasant Activism and the Ambiguity of Human Rights, Robin Dunford Part III: The Geopolitics of Human Rights 9 Eurocentric and Third-World Histories of Human Rights: Critique, Recognition and Dialogue, Jose-Manuel Barreto 10 Critical Theory, Sociology, and Human Rights, Mark Frezzo 11 Borders of Human Rights: Territorial Sovereignty and the Precarious Personhood of Migrants, Ayten Gundogdu Afterword: Situating Human Rights in the Postpolitical Landscape, Upendra Baxi Bibliography Notes on Contributors Index

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Birgit Schippers is Senior Lecturer in Politics at St Mary's University College Belfast.


This outstanding collection of critical essays about human rights, beautifully curated by Birgit Schippers, is a must-read both within the field and across the disciplines. Among other things, the essays are animated by an interest in forms of activism and contestation that transcend minimalism and moralism in the face of the rising crises of our time. -- Samuel Moyn, Author of Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World
There is a rich critical literature interrogating the rights of human rights. What distinguishes this collection is the additional attention directed at the figure of the human, and the willingness to trouble this. This makes for an often exhilarating read. -- Anne Phillips, London School of Economics, author of The Politics of the Human

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