Why Social Theory, Especially of Human Rights?

Upendra Baxi

in Human Rights in a Posthuman World

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780198061762
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080212 | DOI:
Why Social Theory, Especially of Human Rights?

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This chapter discusses some of the reasons why theory still remains a suspect term for many social movement and activist folks. It attempts to answer several questions pertaining to theory-aversion, which are understandable but remain finally counter-productive. It is also stated that re-constituting the human invites some attention to forms of normative and lived struggles, which is referred to by Hannah Arendt as ‘the right to have rights’.

Keywords: theory; social movement; activist; theory-aversion; Hannah Arendt

Chapter.  10016 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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