Disciplining global society
Studies in Social Justice, 1, (2), .
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One of the puzzles of the current era is the divide between optimists and pessimists on the question of human rights. The prominence of human rights on the international political agenda sustains the optimist’s hopes for the future, while pessimists point to continued and widespread reports of civil, political, economic, social and cultural violations. This article looks at the tensions and apparent contradictions between these two approaches. Following a discussion on the construction of global human rights discourse(s), the article concludes that the pretensions of law act to mask the socioeconomic normative framework that acts to discipline global society.
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