The Aporia of Rights

The Aporia of Rights : Explorations in Citizenship in the Era of Human Rights

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The Aporia of Rights is an exploration of the perplexities of human rights, and their inevitable and important intersection with the idea of citizenship. Written by political theorists and philosophers, essays canvass the complexities involved in any consideration of rights at this time. Yeatman and Birmingham show through this collection of works a space fora vital engagement with the politics of human rights.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 540g
  • Bloomsbury Academic USA
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 162356977X
  • 9781623569778

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Anna Yeatman
Chapter 2 "Perplexities of the Rights of Man": Arendt on the Aporias of Human Rights Ayten Gundogdu
Chapter 3 The Multivocity of Human Rights Discourse Jeff Malpas
Chapter 4 Neither Here Nor There: The Conceptual Paradoxes of Immigrant and Asylee Resistance Robert W. Glover
Chapter 5 Acts of Emancipation: Marx, Bauer, and "The Jewish Question" Charles Barbour
Chapter 6 Must democratic rights serve the rights-bearer? The right to vote of people with severe cognitive impairments Ludvig Beckman
Chapter 7 Performing Human Rights: the meaning of rights in the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights Anthony J. Langlois
Chapter 8 The politics of indigenous human rights in the era of settler state citizenship: Legacies of the nexus between sovereignty, human rights and citizenship Danielle Celermajer
Chapter 9 Revolutionary Declarations: The State of Right and the Right of Opposition Peg Birmingham
Chapter 10 Humanising Militarism: Amnesty International and the Tactical Polyvalence of Human Rights Discourses Jessica Whyte
Chapter 11 Rival Doctrines - the politics of human rights Anna Yeatman
Chapter 12 Afterword Peg Birmingham
Consolidated Bibliography
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Review quote

Tackling head on one of the most challenging, perplexing, and yet essential political relationships of our time, this collection is a must-read for those of us-political scientists, philosophers, sociologists, historians, lawyers-who work with, around and even against the aporetic connection between human rights and citizenship. * Chris McCorkindale, Lecturer, University of Strathelyde Law School, UK, and co-editor of Hannah Arendt and the Law * 'What is unprecedented is not the loss of a home but the impossibility of finding a new one.' Hannah Arendt thought that most of those who have to insist on their rights lack the precondition of even universal rights, a place to call home. Refugees, boat people, sans papiers and more are still in this situation. Also, others, very much at home, are bought and sold into imprisonment like chattel in a new institutional setting of private prisons and debt collections. Human rights talk abounds but on the ground rights require a fast diminishing public infrastructure to secure their bearers from arbitrary violence and illegitimate force. This volume deepens our thinking about human rights and their paradoxes at a time when such rethinking is sorely needed. * Bonnie Honig, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor, Brown University, US, and author of Antigone, Interrupted * This is an important contribution to the human rights literature, that successfully blends theoretical and empirical pieces and critical and explanatory approaches. A must read for anyone who takes rights seriously. * Jean L. Cohen, Nell and Herbert Singer Professor of Contemporary Civilization and Political Theory, Columbia University, US *
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About Professor Peg Birmingham

Anna Yeatman is a Professorial Fellow in the Whitlam Institute at the University of Western Sydney. She is a political and social theorist who also has practical experience in public policy.

Peg Birmingham is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University, USA. She is the author of Hannah Arendt and Human Rights (2006) and co-editor (with Philippe van Haute) of Dissensus Communis: Between Ethics and Politics (1995).
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