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Gender, alterity and human rights : freedom in a fishbowl

Author: Ratna Kapur
Publisher: Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA, USA : Edward Elgar Publishing, [2018] ©2018
Series: Elgar studies in legal theory.
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"Human rights are axiomatic with liberal freedom. This book builds on the critique of this mainstream and official position on human rights, drawing attention to how human rights have been deployed to advance political and cultural intents rather than bring about freedom for disenfranchised groups. Its approach is unique insofar as it focuses on queer, feminist and postcolonial human rights advocacy, exposing how  Read more...
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Kapur, Ratna, 1959-
Gender, alterity and human rights.
Cheltenham, UK : Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, [2018]
(OCoLC)1045069766
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ratna Kapur
ISBN: 9781788112529 1788112520
OCLC Number: 1020868522
Description: xiii, 307 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prologue --
Introduction --
1. Liberal freedom in a fishbowl --
2. Precarious desires and the pursuit of rights --
3. Freedom, women's rights and the rise of the sexual security regime --
4. Alterity, gender equality and the veil --
5. Despair, redemption and the turn away from human rights --
6. Seeking freedom through alternative registers --
7. Freedom from the fishbowl --
Epilogue.
Series Title: Elgar studies in legal theory.
Responsibility: Ratna Kapur, Queen Mary University of London, UK.

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