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The Community of Rights, the Rights of Community (Hardback)

Author Daniel Fischlin

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ISBN 10: 0198076622 / ISBN 13: 9780198076629
Edité par Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2011
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: N/A. Brand New Book. This book is a major contribution to a new discourse on the notion of rights in relation to community. --Roger Clark, former Secretary General of Amnesty International This important book on the recovery of community rights shows how we lost our collective freedoms and how we can reclaim them. --Vandana Shiva, authorWhy has the individual largely superseded community as the privileged focus of rights discourse? How have contemporary notions of community betrayed the very origins of the term in the name of exploitative economic and political practices? Is it possible to re-conceive rights discourse in ways that acknowledge the diverse communities from which they arise?Following on the dialogue they initiated in Eduardo Galeano: Through the Looking Glass and The Concise Guide to Global Human Rights, Daniel Fischlin and Martha Nandorfy examine the assumptions made about community and expose the impact they have on human rights debates. This final volume of the trilogy looks beyond the framework that bankrupts rights of any real meaning and thus reaffirms the power and agency of communities in the face of neo-liberal discourses of privatization.This book will be on the shelves of rights activists everywhere as an inspiration to their own work in building better communities.Daniel Fischlin and Martha Nandorfy both teach at the University of Guelph. N° de réf. du libraire AMO9780198076629

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Titre : The Community of Rights, the Rights of ...

Éditeur : Oxford University Press, United Kingdom

Date d'édition : 2011

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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This book examines the simple yet nebulous concept of community in relation to the notion of rights . The authors assert that these terms are problematic since the notions of identification, symmetry, totality, and unity often promote hegemonic and totalitarian actions, by both the state and the corporations, in the name of the community. These actions, however, do not conform to the traditional sense of community rooted in the local conditions governing social and biotic relations. This volume, therefore, seeks to understand community as a complex allegory for relational identities in their human, environmental, historical, and contextual fullness.

Authors go on to unravel the generally accepted notion of human rights, which pays scant attention to the environmental conditions making humanity possible, and prioritizes individual rights over community rights. This privileging promotes the logic of neoliberal discourses of privatization and individual ownership through corporate entities. At the same time, the book also criticizes the privileging of the community in social practices that suppress and destroys individuals whose actions seem to challenge the notion of community values.

The book proposes that a radical rethinking is necessary, in which the notion of rights does not depend on any privileging, but flows from the inter-connectedness and inter-dependence of the individual and the community in their complex relational dynamism along with multiple forms of relatedness to the land, to other forms of life, and to inanimate beings.

About the Author:

Daniel Fischlin is Professor and University Research Chair, School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Martha Nandorfy is Associate Professor, School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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