Vernacular Rights Cultures

The Politics of Origins, Human Rights, and Gendered Struggles for Justice
Cambridge University Press
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  • Hardcover
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  • 280 Seiten
978-1-108-83262-5 (ISBN)
The book proposes that decolonising human rights requires historically and politically specific conceptual, empirical and theoretical investigations of rights politics. It tracks contemporary subaltern movements across India and Pakistan to show how and why marginalised groups deploy the language of rights to demand justice.
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Sumi Madhok is Associate Professor at the Department of Gender Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the author of Rethinking Agency: Developmentalism, Gender and Rights (2013); the co-editor of Gender, Agency and Coercion ( 2013); and of the Sage Handbook of Feminist Theory (2014). Her teaching and scholarship lies at the intersection of feminist political theory and philosophy, coloniality/postcoloniality, transnational activism and social movements, rights/human rights, citizenship, developmentalism and ethnography. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, prizes and honours, including from the ESRC, The Mellon Foundation, The British Academy and the Ford Foundation.
Acknowledgments; 1. An Introduction: Vernacular Rights Cultures in South Asia and Decolonizing Human Rights; 2. Human Rights, Political Agency, and Refusing the Politics of Origins; 3. Assembling a Feminist Historical Ontology of Haq in South Asia; 4. The Political Imaginaries of Haq: 'Citizenship' and 'Truth'; 5. Resisting Developmentalism and the Military: Haq as a Cosmological Idea and an Islamic Ideal; 6. Conceptual Diversity, Feminist Historical Ontology and a Critical Reflexive Politics of Location: A Conclusion; Bibliography; Glossary; Index.
'Vernacular Rights Cultures: The Politics of Origins, Human Rights and Gendered Struggles for Justice should be essential reading for all political and feminist theorists working on the concept of human rights. In this profoundly original book, Madhok offers us a way through and beyond choices between 'west' and 'non-west' in human rights theory. She shows us that the choice between universalism and particularism in rights theory is mistaken, and that rights are always produced and put to work as part of political struggles in a vernacular which is neither fixed nor self-contained. She uses the tools of feminist historical ontology and ethnography to demonstrate how epistemic agency and authority in the conception of rights is constructed, reconstructed and mobilised within the political imaginaries of haq by women living multiple axes of oppression.' Kimberly Hutchings, Queen Mary University of London 'This remarkably original and sophisticated exploration of vernacular rights cultures shifts the epistemic centre of global human rights scholarship. Through the innovative methodological device of feminist historical ontology, and her ethnographic study of the idea of haq, Sumi Madhok offers an alternative conceptual apparatus to register the epistemic presence of subaltern groups in the Global South, and to understand how gendered subjects of rights come into being in the vernacular. Madhok's book is a stellar contribution to the decolonization of the political theory of human rights as well as to the field of global intellectual history.' Niraja Gopal Jayal, Jawaharlal Nehru University 'Madhok's book marks a powerful intervention in existing mainstream as well as critical scholarship on human rights and gender justice. It makes visible the ontological and epistemic violence inflicted by dominant human rights on subaltern groups. By foregrounding conceptual innovations from the standpoint of subaltern struggles and within a vernacular rights culture, this book opens space for a productive engagement with rights. In relating different stories about human rights and modes of subject formation through a shift in standpoint, Madhok offers a radical reorientation and revisioning of human rights scholarship grounded in alternative political imaginaries. Vernacular Rights Cultures is a work that 'most of the world' has been waiting for!' Ratna Kapur, Queen Mary University of London 'How do you decolonize human rights? You begin by paying attention to how people pursue rights in most of the world. Seemingly obvious, what this book does is urge us not to see subaltern rights struggles as merely talking back to the centre. If we examine the deployment of rights by tenant farmers in Pakistan, Indigenous peoples in India, desert dwellers in Rajasthan, we can find those moments when an epistemic shift takes place and suddenly we see peeping through the human rights frames we know so well an alternate universe where food security is possible, forests are preserved, and people demand not equality but a future. Through her deeply attentive scholarship Madhok offers us the best gift of all: critique with the possibility of transformation.' Sherene H. Razack, University of California at Los Angeles

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