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The Right to Have RightsCitizenship, Humanity, and International Law$
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Alison Kesby

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199600823

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600823.001.0001

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The Right to have Rights as Citizenship

The Right to have Rights as Citizenship

(p.67) 3 The Right to have Rights as Citizenship
The Right to Have Rights

Alison Kesby

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 examines the right to have rights in terms of citizenship: membership of the political community. Arendt’s conception of citizenship forms the starting point of the analysis, and the disenfranchisement of convicted prisoners furnishes its context. It is argued that the political equality posited by international law remains tenuous at best—a precarious citizenship of potential internal exiles. Drawing on the work of the sociologists Loïc Wacquant and Margaret Somers, the final sections of the chapter examine the intersection of criminality, ‘race’, and social exclusion, and call into question legal and Arendtian analyses which privilege political membership and inclusion for the protection and recognition of rights

Keywords:   ‘right to have rights’, hannah arendt, citizenship, political participation, political equality, prisoner disenfranchisement, right to vote, international human rights law, racial discrimination, social exclusion, loïc wacquant, margaret somers, prison labour

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