Gender, Alterity and Human Rights

Freedom in a Fishbowl
Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
  • erscheint ca. am 27. Juli 2018
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 384 Seiten
978-1-78811-252-9 (ISBN)
Human rights are axiomatic with liberal freedom. This book builds on the critique of this mainstream and official position on human rights, drawing attention to how human rights have been deployed to advance political and cultural intents rather than bring about freedom for disenfranchised groups. Its approach is unique insofar as it focuses on queer, feminist and postcolonial human rights advocacy, exposing how such interventions have at times advanced neo-liberal agendas and new forms of imperialism, and a carceral politics rather than producing freedom for their constituencies.

Through a focus on campaigns for same sex marriage, ending violence against women, and the Islamic veil bans in liberal democracies, human rights emerge as forms of governance that operate through normative prescriptions, which bind even as they purport to free, and establish a hierarchy of the human subject: who is human and who is not; who qualifies for rights and who does not. This book argues that the futurity of human rights rests in engagement with non-liberal registers of freedom beyond the narrow confines of the liberal fishbowl.

This book will have a global appeal for students and academics concerned with international and human rights law, jurisprudence, critical legal theory, gender studies, postcolonial studies, feminist legal theory, queer theory, religious studies, and philosophy. It will appeal to political activists and policy-makers in the global justice arena concerned with the freedom of disenfranchised groups, human rights, gender justice, and the rights sexual and religious minorities.
  • Englisch
  • Cheltenham
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  • Großbritannien
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • Höhe: 156 mm
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  • Breite: 234 mm
978-1-78811-252-9 (9781788112529)
1788112520 (1788112520)

Ratna Kapur, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Contents: Prologue Introduction 1. Liberal Freedom in a Fishbowl 2. Precarious Desires and the Pursuit of Rights 3. Freedom, Women's Rights and the Rise of the Sexual Security Regime 4. Gender Equality and the Unveiling of Alterity 5. Despair, Redemption and the Turn Away from Human Rights 6. Seeking Freedom through Alternative Registers 7. Freedom from the Fishbowl Epilogue Bibliography Index
`Ratna Kapur is one of the most stimulating, creative and challenging writers on law and human rights today. For those scholars and activists who have been thinking about how to respond to the limitations of the global human rights project this is a book whose publication we have been eagerly awaiting. Every single page offers insights into the problems and conundrums of the liberal human rights project and how alternative figurations of freedom are possible beyond, as Kapur puts it, the Western liberal "fishbowl". Utterly indispensable reading for anyone interested in the possibilities of freedom in our world.' -- Ben Golder, University of New South Wales, Australia `Ratna Kapur, distinguished scholar of postcolonial legal theory and feminism, takes the readers of this elegantly written, thought-provoking and highly original study beyond the confines of the fishbowl of liberal freedom. She draws on philosophical traditions of non-duality and political spirituality, as well as the experiences of struggles against gender stereotypes and subalternity. In this way she `orientalizes' the Anglo-Eurocentric notion of human rights and engages us in the exploration of non-liberal ways of pursuing freedom and being, taking the intimate self as a valid source of self-affirmation and empowerment.' -- Gunter Frankenberg, Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main, Germany

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