Critical Theory and Human Rights

Critical Theory and Human Rights From Compassion to Coercion - Critical Theory and Contemporary Society

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This book describes how human rights have given rise to a vision of benevolent governance that, if fully realised, would be antithetical to individual freedom. It describes human rights' evolution into a grand but nebulous project, rooted in compassion, with the overarching aim of improving universal welfare by defining the conditions of human well-being and imposing obligations on the state and other actors to realise them. This gives rise to a form of managerialism, preoccupied with measuring and improving the 'human rights performance' of the state, businesses and so on. The ultimate result is the 'governmentalisation' of a pastoral form of global human rights governance, in which power is exercised for the general good, moulded by a complex regulatory sphere which shapes the field of action for the individual at every turn. This, unsurprisingly, does not appeal to rights-holders themselves.

Book information

ISBN: 9781526131829
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 341.48
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 288
Weight: -1g
Height: 234mm
Width: 156mm