The Right to have Rights as Citizenship

Alison Kesby

in The Right to Have Rights

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199600823
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738272 | DOI:
The Right to have Rights as Citizenship

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Chapter 3 examines the right to have rights in terms of citizenship: membership of the political community. Arendt’s conception of citizenship forms the starting point of the analysis, and the disenfranchisement of convicted prisoners furnishes its context. It is argued that the political equality posited by international law remains tenuous at best—a precarious citizenship of potential internal exiles. Drawing on the work of the sociologists Loïc Wacquant and Margaret Somers, the final sections of the chapter examine the intersection of criminality, ‘race’, and social exclusion, and call into question legal and Arendtian analyses which privilege political membership and inclusion for the protection and recognition of rights

Keywords: ‘right to have rights’; hannah arendt; citizenship; political participation; political equality; prisoner disenfranchisement; right to vote; international human rights law; racial discrimination; social exclusion; loïc wacquant; margaret somers; prison labour

Chapter.  14230 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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