Writing the borders of suffering: M. Anne Brown, 'Human Rights and the borders of suffering: The promotion of human rights in international politics, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002.

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    Book Review.
    The question which this book addresses is that of how the promotion of human rights should be undertaken in international life. The promotion of human rights has, of course, become one of the major dimensions of international politics over the last 60 years. This promotion of rights is usually understood in, advanced on the basis of, or justified by, certain given conceptions of human rights. This book is one of a number of recent studies which suggest that many of the limitations on our capacity to promote human rights in international life have links to the ways in which we think about or conceptualise human rights, links which direct us toward broader conceptions of political community, of inclusion and exclusion. One of the fundamental suggestions of the book is that the models we have of how to promote human rights – indeed, the models we have of human rights themselves – may not, in all circumstances and among all peoples, be "invariably beneficial or emancipatory" (2). Thus, the author writes from a point of view which is committed, not to human rights per se (whatever that might mean), but "to human rights, and its crucial category of abuse, as an available language and tool for articulating suffering in a political voice, for asserting the value and the vulnerability of people, and for grappling with the on-going question of how we value each other in the complex circumstances of our different and interwoven lives" (1).
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalBorderlands E-Journal
    Volume2
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

    Keywords

    • human rights
    • case studies
    • book review

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