Human Rights Interventions

Human Rights Discourse in the Post-9/11 Age

Authors: Chowdhury, Kanishka

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  • Proposes an alternative logic for comprehending rights language
  • Offers a radical re-envisioning of future possibilities of human rights discourse
  • Focuses specifically on the language of human rights and puts into crisis such liberatory categories as freedom, fairness, empowerment, justice, etc
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This book offers a materialist critique of mainstream human rights discourse in the period following 9/11, examining literary works, critical histories, international declarations, government statutes, NGO manifestos, and a documentary film. The author points out some of the contradictions that emerge in contemporary rights language when material relations are not sufficiently perceived or acknowledged, and he directs attention to the role of some rights talk in maintaining and managing the accelerated global project of capital accumulation. Even as rights discourse points to injustices—for example, injustices related to labor, gender, the citizen’s relationship to the state, or the movement of refugees—it can simultaneously maintain systems of oppression. By constructing subjects who are aligned to the interests of capital, by emphasizing individual “empowerment,” and/or by containing social disenchantment, it reinforces the process of wealth accumulation, supports neoliberal ideologies, and diminishes the possibility of real transformation through collective struggle.

About the authors

Kanishka Chowdhury is Professor of English and Director of the Program in American Culture and Difference at the University of St. Thomas, MN, USA. His first book, The New India: Citizenship, Subjectivity, and Economic Liberalization, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011.

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“This luminous book engages critically with the contemporary discourse of human rights and offers a robust rejoinder and critique to its liberal pieties. In a forthright and unfashionable defense of Marxism, Chowdhury shows convincingly why Marxist analysis is far superior to human rights discourse in challenging oppression and supporting freedom, dignity and equality in the present moment.” (Henry Schwarz, Professor, English, Georgetown University, USA)

“Ours is a historical moment characterized by crisis, the expressions of which include intensified violence in nearly all realms of social, political and economic life. In such dark times, it is tempting to turn to the language of human rights in an effort to locate a universal principle from which to ground a humane response. Chowdhury, in this masterful dialectical account of human rights discourse, shows us the salutary aspects of the movements to defend human rights while very precisely locating the limits of such movements by situating human rights within a larger critique of capital, particularly the contemporary phase of neoliberal capital. Intervening in the scholarship on human rights as well as postcolonial literary studies, Chowdhury offers a timely and necessary corrective from a Left perspective.” (Bret Benjamin, Associate Professor, English, SUNY Albany, USA)

 

 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Reading Rights Discourse in a Transnational Economy

    Pages 1-15

    Chowdhury, Dr. Kanishka

  • Historicizing Rights Discourse Post-9/11

    Pages 17-63

    Chowdhury, Kanishka

  • Workers’ Rights, Exploitation, and the Transactional Moment

    Pages 65-103

    Chowdhury, Kanishka

  • Gender Rights and the Politics of Empowerment

    Pages 105-148

    Chowdhury, Dr. Kanishka

  • “Tomorrow There Will Be More of Us”: Rights Discourse, the State, and Toxic Capitalism in Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People

    Pages 149-185

    Chowdhury, Kanishka

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eBook $64.99
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Hardcover $84.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Human Rights Discourse in the Post-9/11 Age
Authors
Series Title
Human Rights Interventions
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-13872-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-13872-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-13871-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 235
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