Silencing Human Rights: Critical Engagements with a Contested Project

Hardcover | January 15, 2009

EditorGurminder K Bhambra, Robbie Shilliam

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This volume presents a range of topical investigations into the human rights field as well as providing an original and provocative investigation of some of the topic through the theoretical lens of silence.

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This volume presents a range of topical investigations into the human rights field as well as providing an original and provocative investigation of some of the topic through the theoretical lens of silence.

GURMINDER K. BHAMBRA is Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Warwick, UK. She is author of Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination which won the 2008 Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for best first book in Sociology.  ROBBIE SHILLIAM is Lecturer in Political Science and Intern...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 6.72 × 5.66 × 1.08 inPublished:January 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780230222762

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Silence and Human Rights; G. K. Bhambra and R. Shilliam
PART I: FOUNDING SILENCES: THE QUESTION OF HUMANITY
How oppression thrives where truth is not allowed a voice. The Spanish Polemic about the American Indians; 
M. J. Rodrguez -Salgado
No More no Less: What Slaves thought about their Humanity; S. N. Grovogui
PART II: FOUNDING SILENCES: THE PRACTICES OF EXCLUSION
The Rites of Dispossession: Medieval and Modern; N. Inayatullah and D. L. Blaney
That all men are created equal: Rights talk and Exclusion in North America; R. Marden
PART III: INSTITUTIONAL SILENCES: CITIZENSHIP AND EXCLUSION
Is the Right to Sovereignty a Human Right? The Idea of Sovereign Freedom and the Jewish State; J. Cocks
A Continuity of Silence in Serbia: From the Irrelevance of Human Rights to Collective Crime, and Beyond; N. Dimitrijevic
PART IV: INSTITUTIONAL SILENCES: CITIZENSHIP AND INCLUSION
Population Exchanges of the Balkans and Asia Minor at the Fin de Sicle. The Imposition of Political Subjectivities in the Modern World Order; R. Ozdemir
Silencing to Protect: The Debate over Womens Rights in France and Canada; L.Bassel
All too Meaningful Silences: The European Court of Human Rights Disappointing Case Law on Racial Discrimination; M-B. Dembour
PART V: CONTESTED SILENCES: THE RIGHTS OF THE POOR
Silencing the Sovereignty of the Poor in Haiti ; T. di Muzio
Rights Beyond the Urban-rural Divide: South Africas Landless Peoples Movement and the Creation of a Landless Subjectivity;
A. Alexander
Conclusion: Human Rights in Contemporary Global Perspective; R. Shilliam and G. K. Bhambra
Epilogue: Whom may we speak for, with, and after? Re-silencing Human Rights; U. Baxi
Endnotes
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