Too Many or Too Few Human Rights?

Upendra Baxi

in The Future of Human Rights

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780195690439
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081059 | DOI:
Too Many or Too Few Human Rights?

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Do we have too many human rights enunciations, resulting in overproduction of human rights standards and norms? What ‘politics of production’ and ‘production of politics’ informs human rights overproduction? The notion of ‘overproduction’ rests on many assumptions concerning the arenas, sites, actors, resources, and reflexivity. Micropolitics, occurring at various sites —some invisible even to a global public view —offers a different perspective concerning the relative autonomy of human rights production. Macro/meso/micro sites of the production of human rights enunciations result in both production and seduction. The narratives of both the production of politics and the politics of production, however, remain inadequate without a grasp of the historical and lived experience of human suffering caused by human violation, which do not quite live in public memory. This chapter also explores human rights markets, quality control in international human rights production, and the costs of human rights inflation.

Keywords: human rights; overproduction; politics of production; production of politics; micropolitics; seduction; human suffering; human rights markets; quality control; inflation

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Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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