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Silencing human rights : critical engagements with a contested project

Author: Gurminder K Bhambra; Robbie Shilliam
Publisher: Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
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This volume argues that there exists an intimate relationship between the descriptor 'silence' and the political effect of human rights. It suggests that it is not possible to speak descriptively of 'the silencing of human rights' without also confronting the culpability of the human rights project within these silences.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Silencing human rights.
Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gurminder K Bhambra; Robbie Shilliam
ISBN: 9780230222762 0230222765
OCLC Number: 234260094
Notes: Robbie Shilliam is Lecturer in International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington.
Description: xii, 294 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: "Silence" and human rights / Gurminder K. Bhambra and Robbie Shilliam --
pt. I. Founding silences: The question of humanity : 'How oppression thrives where truth is not allowed a voice' : the Spanish polemic about the American Indians / M.J. Rodríguez-Salgado. No more, no less : what slaves thought about their humanity / Siba N. Grovogui --
pt. II. Founding silences: The practices of exclusion : The rites of dispossession: medieval and modern / Naeem Inayatullah and David L. Blaney. 'That all men are created equal': 'rights talk' and exclusion in North America / Roland Marden --
pt. III. Institutional silences: Citizenship and exclusion : Is the right to sovereignty a human right?: the idea of sovereign freedom and the Jewish state / Joan Cocks. A continuity of silence in Serbia: from the irrelevance of human rights to collective crime, and beyond / Nenad Dimitrijevic --
pt. IV. Institutional silences: Citizenship and 'inclusion' : Population exchanges of the Balkans and Asia Minor at the fin de siècle: the imposition of political subjectivities in the modern world order / Renk Ozdemir. Silencing to protect: the debate over women's rights in France and Canada / Leah Bassel. In the name of the rule of the law: the European Court of Human Rights's silencing of racism / Marie-Bénédicte Dembour --
pt. V. Contested silences: The rights of the poor : Silencing the sovereignty of the poor in Haiti / Tim Di Muzio. Rights beyond the urban-rural divide: South Africa's landless people's movement and the creation of a landless subjectivity / Amanda Alexander --
Conclusion: Human rights in contemporary global perspective / Robbie Shilliam and Gurminder K. Bhambra --
Epilogue: Whom may we speak for, with, and after? : re-silencing human rights / Upendra Baxi.
Responsibility: edited by Gurminder K. Bhambra, Robbie Shilliam ; epilogue by Upendra Baxi.


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Renk Ozdemir's chapter has won the 2009 Robert and Jessie Cox prize awarded to the best graduate paper of critical inquiry in International Relations.'Silencing Human Rights is a very Read more...

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