The configuration of sovereignty and human rights

Sibylle Scheipers

in Negotiating Sovereignty and Human Rights

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780719080098
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703021 | DOI:
The configuration of sovereignty and human rights

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This chapter discusses theoretical approaches to sovereignty and human rights and their mutual relationship. The aim is to overcome their major shortcoming, that is, the hierarchical dichotomy between sovereignty and human rights. The discussion argues that both sovereignty and human rights are contested concepts. The contestation of their meaning emerges from the typical ambivalences incorporated in each concept. By combining these ambivalences, a discursive formation opens up that consists of four competing discourses, each of which claims to constitute the same object, i.e. the configuration of sovereignty and human rights. It also introduces core theoretical concepts such as discourse, discursive power and hegemony. In addition, it includes a discussion of the methodological approach.

Keywords: sovereignty; human rights; discursive power; hegemony

Chapter.  11205 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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