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On vernacular rights cultures and the political imaginaries of haq

Madhok, Sumi ORCID: 0000-0002-3192-6098 (2018) On vernacular rights cultures and the political imaginaries of haq. Humanity: an International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, 8 (3). ISSN 2151-4364

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In this article, I track the deployment of rights in the vernacular across different subaltern citizen mobilizations in Southern Asia. In order to conceptually capture the ethical dynamism, ideational energy and intellectual innovativeness of this language of rights, I argue that we need yet more complex and different kinds of thinking. I propose the framework of vernacular rights cultures to theories and empirically document the rights politics in ‘most of the world’. A critical aspect of vernacular rights cultures, as a framework of analysis, is its attention to the languages—both literal and conceptual—of rights/human rights and also to the political imaginaries that these languages embody and make available. An important way of documenting and analyzing rights languages and 2 political imaginaries is to examine the justificatory premises that underpin the political struggles around claim making. In this article, I draw attention to three different justificatory premises that underpin the deployment of rights within contemporary subaltern rights struggles rights in India and Pakistan. By attending to the justificatory premises that animate and activate rights in the region, I am insisting not only on a scrupulous politics of location but also a refusal of orginary discourses that dominate human rights politics thinking and politics.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2017 University of Pennsylvania Press
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2017 13:40
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2021 00:15

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