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The Human Right to Dominate$
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Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199365012

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199365012.001.0001

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What Remains of Human Rights?

What Remains of Human Rights?

(p.127) Conclusion What Remains of Human Rights?
The Human Right to Dominate

Nicola Perugini

Neve Gordon

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter inquires what remains of human rights given their increasing entanglement with domination. Following a brief discussion of the impoverished utilization of human rights, through an analysis of Human Rights Watch’s reports on the deployment of drones in Yemen, it asks whether human rights can still be used as a counterdomination discourse. It argues that they can, claiming that the conditions that have transformed human rights into instruments of domination are paradoxically also the conditions that ensure their own afterlife. Insofar as human rights are always translated and retranslated, human rights can always be reappropriated and resignified in a way that counters domination and crafts the subject of human rights differently. Human rights can always be redefined in a way that mobilizes people to struggle for emancipatory rather than oppressive projects.

Keywords:   human rights watch, drones, Walter Benjamin, international human rights law, Pierre Bourdieu

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