The Human Right to Dominate by Nicola Perugini

The Human Right to Dominate

byNicola Perugini, Neve Gordon

Paperback | July 10, 2015

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At the turn of the millennium, a new phenomenon emerged: conservatives, who just decades before had rejected the expanding human rights culture, began to embrace human rights in order to advance their political goals. In this book, Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon account for how human rights - generally conceived as a counter-hegemonic instrument for righting historical injustices - are being deployed to further subjugate the weak and legitimize domination. Using Israel/Palestine as its main case study, The HumanRight to Dominate describes the establishment of settler NGOs that appropriate human rights to dispossess indigenous Palestinians and military think-tanks that rationalize lethal violence by invoking human rights. The book underscores the increasing convergences between human rights NGOs, securityagencies, settler organizations, and extreme right nationalists, showing how political actors of different stripes champion the dissemination of human rights and mirror each other's political strategies. Indeed, Perugini and Gordon demonstrate the multifaceted role that this discourse is currently playing in the international arena: on the one hand, human rights have become the lingua franca of global moral speak, while on the other, they have become reconstrued as a tool for enhancingdomination.

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Nicola Perugini is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Middle East Studies and Italian Studies at Brown University. Neve Gordon is Professor of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University and author of Israel's Occupation.

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Title:The Human Right to DominateFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.29 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:July 10, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199365008

ISBN - 13:9780199365005

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Human Rights as Domination1. The Paradox of Human Rights2. The Threat of Human Rights3. The Human Right to Kill4. The Human Right to ColonizeConclusion: What Remains of Human Rights?NotesBibliographyIndex

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"The Human Right to Dominate is a highly original, provocative, and timely contribution. Perugini and Gordon offer a critical realist examination of the state of human rights in light of the fact that states, militaries, and other national security actors have used the language of human rightsto justify wars, occupations, and extra-judicial executions. This, they argue, is not a misappropriation but a paradoxical consequence of the successful elevation of human rights language into a globalized normative framework." --Lisa Hajjar, author of Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza