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Critical Perspectives on Human Rights


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Preface / Introduction, Birgit Schippers / 1. Rethinking the human in human rights, Moya Lloyd / 2. "A Performativity Proper to Refusal"? Judith Butler and the Resignification of Human Rights, Ben Golder / 3. Towards a Posthumanist Conception of Human Rights?, Birgit Schippers / 4. The Gender of Dignity, Karen Zivi / 5. Justification, Practice and Queer: global sexuality politics and human rights, Anthony J. Langlois / 6. Borders of Human Rights: Outlines of an Aporetic Critique, Ayten Gundogdu / 7. Human Rights and Transnational Citizenship, Robin Dunford / 8. Eurocentric and Decolonial Histories of Human Rights, Jose-Manuel Barreto / 9. The Liberal Nature of Critique and Human Nature: Evaluating Critiques of Human Rights, Rachel L. Wahl / Afterword, contributor tbc / Bibliography / Index + race/indigeneity / class and economic hierarchy / critical human rights practices

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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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