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Rethinking Human Rights: humane, you what?

Rethinking Human Rights: humane, you what?

Králová, Jana ORCID: 0000-0002-7377-4723 (2019) Rethinking Human Rights: humane, you what? In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2019: Challenging Social Hierarchies and Inequalities, 24th - 26th April 2019, Glasgow Caledonian University.

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It has been evidenced that human value is called into question under circumstances of structural violence, dehumanisation and intersectional discrimination, especially for those with compromised access to human rights.

This paper discusses three theoretical contexts positioned at the extreme end of social exclusion, in the epistemological region of diminished legal protection where agency is inconsequential, and in the ontological debate about differential human value. It will establish an onto-epistemic gap ‘beyond human rights’.

In doing so, it will critically challenge the notion of “human” in the Human Rights Act 1998 and suggest a paradigm shift in its conceptualization. The paper argues that the notion of ‘ontological insufficiency’ should be embedded within the concept of ‘human’ in Human Rights. This is because the epistemology of ‘ontological insufficiency’ has reversed logic: unlike all the epistemological assumptions above about ‘re-duced’ human value, ontological insufficiency looks at where, due to structural circumstances, human value has never been ‘fully achieved’. Thus, ontological insufficiency is positioned in the epistemological gap between diminished legal protection, inconsequential agency and structural impossibility. This gap may be termed: social death.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humane Rights instead of Human Rights, Ontologically Insufficient Being (OIB). #OIB, #CureSocialDeath, Twitter: @KralovaJ
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
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