Rights Inside Out: The Case of the Women's Human Rights Campaign

Annelise Riles*

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    Abstract

    This essay traces the relationship between activists and academics involved in the campaign for “women's rights as human rights” as a case study of the relationship between different classes of what I call “knowledge professionals” self-consciously acting in a transnational domain. The puzzle that animates this essay is the following: how was it that at the very moment at which a critique of “rights” and a reimagination of rights as “rights talk” proved to be such fertile ground for academic scholarship did the same “rights” prove to be an equally fertile ground for activist networking and lobbying activities? The paper answers this question with respect to the work of self-reflexivity in creating a “virtual sociality of rights”.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)285-305
    Number of pages21
    JournalLeiden Journal of International Law
    Volume15
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

    Keywords

    • academics
    • activism
    • human rights
    • networks
    • women's rights

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Political Science and International Relations
    • Law

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