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The translation of needs into rights: reconceptualising social citizenship as a global phenomenon

Dean, Hartley (2013) The translation of needs into rights: reconceptualising social citizenship as a global phenomenon. International Journal of Social Welfare, 22 (S1). pp. 32-49. ISSN 1369-6866

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Abstract

The article proceeds from the contention that rights are socially constructed; that social rights are constructed through the naming and claiming of needs; and that social citizenship provides the context for the realisation of such rights. It is argued that needs precede rights, but both are framed within two intersecting dimensions: sociality (the competing meanings that attach to social interdependency) and negotiation (the dynamics of the claiming process). From this premise, the article advances a post-Marshallian concept of citizenship that is truly social; that may be constituted in a variety of modes and at a variety of sites at the points at which competing understandings of needs and rights collide; that may transcend territorial boundaries; that may be shaped by a spectrum of means, ranging from local customs to international covenants; that may be centred on a politics of need as the process whereby needs are translated into rights.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JX International law
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 09 May 2013 15:56
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/49850/

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