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Making Rights Claims: A Practice of Democratic Citizenship

Karen Zivi


Despite the global popularity of rights language, nagging suspicions remain about the compatibility between the practice of rights claiming and democracy. Does rights claiming advances democratic freedom and equality or does it undermine participatory practices while reinforcing dominant forms of power? Should marginalized individuals and groups make rights claims to challenge oppression and injustice or should they seek an alternative language and form of political contestation? Making Rights Claims provides a unique entrée into these important and timely questions. Rather than simply taking ... More

Keywords: rights, democracy, performativity, speech acts, identity, citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199826414
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826414.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen Zivi, author
University of Richmond