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Vernacular rights cultures and the 'Right to Have Rights'

Dunford, Robin and Madhok, Sumi ORCID: 0000-0002-3192-6098 (2015) Vernacular rights cultures and the 'Right to Have Rights'. Citizenship Studies, 19 (6-7). pp. 605-619. ISSN 1362-1025

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13621025.2015.1053791


We use a case study of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) in Brazil and the Via Campesina network of which they are part to develop the concept of ‘vernacular rights cultures’. Vernacular rights cultures calls attention to the way in which demands for the right to have rights call on particular cultures, histories and political contexts in a manner that can transform the rights inscribed in constitutions and political imaginaries. What Ranciere (1999) and Balibar (2002) call the democratisation of democracy, we therefore argue, does not just involve a logic of equality and inclusion through which dispossessed groups demand already existing rights. Rather, it also occurs as mobilisations alter the means through which rights are delivered and transform the content and meaning of the rights demanded.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2016 11:04
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2024 07:18

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