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Human Rights and the Borders of Suffering: The Promotion of Human Rights in International Politics

Anne Brown


This book argues for greater openness in the ways we approach human rights and international rights promotion, and in so doing brings some new understanding to old debates. Starting with the realities of abuse rather than the liberal architecture of rights, it casts human rights as a language for probing the political dimensions of suffering. Seen in this context, the predominant Western models of right generate a substantial but also problematic and not always emancipatory array of practices. These models are far from answering the questions about the nature of political community that are ra ... More

Keywords: human rights, international rights, suffering, political community, political organisations, Tiananmen Square massacre, East Timor, indigenous Australians, injury

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780719061059
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719061059.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Brown, author