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The Violence of Dispossession: Extra-Territoriality and Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

Matthew Craven

in Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Action

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780199217908
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191705380 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217908.003.0004
 The Violence of Dispossession: Extra-Territoriality and Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

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This chapter explores the issue of extra-territoriality and its relations to economic, social, and cultural rights (ESC rights). The discussion of extra-territoriality and ESC rights is placed in the context of the Arendt's critique of the ‘Rights of Man’ as developed in the work of Agamben and Balibar. It argues that Arendt's warning that the advancement of human rights might justify processes of exclusion and dispossession at precisely the same moment at which it opposes them, retains considerable force for the contemporary ESC rights project, particularly when the latter is framed in territorial terms.

Keywords: space; territory; ESC rights; Arendt; Rights of Man; human rights

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Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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