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Sibylle Scheipers

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719080098

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719080098.001.0001

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The configuration of sovereignty and human rights

The configuration of sovereignty and human rights

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Negotiating Sovereignty and Human Rights

Sibylle Scheipers

Manchester University Press

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

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