Critical Theory and Human Rights: From Compassion to Coercion
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Published: 27th Apr '21
This book describes the evolution of the human rights movement into a grand managerial project, rooted in compassion, with the aim of improving universal welfare by defining the conditions of human well-being and imposing obligations on the state and other actors to realise them. It argues that this is ultimately antagonistic to individual freedom.
This book describes how human rights have given rise to a vision of benevolent governance that, if fully realised, would be antithetical to individual freedom. It describes human rights’ evolution into a grand but nebulous project, rooted in compassion, with the overarching aim of improving universal welfare by defining the conditions of human well-being and imposing obligations on the state and other actors to realise them. This gives rise to a form of managerialism, preoccupied with measuring and improving the ‘human rights performance’ of the state, businesses and so on. The ultimate result is the ‘governmentalisation’ of a pastoral form of global human rights governance, in which power is exercised for the general good, moulded by a complex regulatory sphere which shapes the field of action for the individual at every turn. This, unsurprisingly, does not appeal to rights-holders themselves.
|Dimensions||156 × 234 mm|