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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 the Politics of Human Rights

The Right to have Rights as the Politics of Human Rights

(p.118) 5 The Right to have Rights as the Politics of Human Rights
The Right to Have Rights

Alison Kesby

Oxford University Press

Focusing on the work of the French philosopher Jacques Rancière, Chapter 5 examines the right to have rights in terms of the politics of human rights—of the rightless taking up, claiming, and enacting denied rights. The subject of rights is the limitless subject of politics. This is a performative understanding of the right to have rights in that the excluded confer a ‘place in the world’ on themselves. While Rancière seeks to overcome exclusions from the subject of rights, it is argued that his account is not itself immune from exclusion. Finally, the chapter examines the implications of Rancière’s work for international human rights law.

Keywords:   ‘right to have rights’, politics of human rights, jacques rancière, hannah arendt, international human rights law, democratic politics, dissensual politics, law and politics, non-places

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