Joseph R. Slaughter, Human Rights, Inc.: The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law (2008).
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"Human Rights, Inc. is a book of huge erudition that effortlessly
and elegantly combines history, literary theory and political philosophy. Slaughter compellingly argues that human rights operate according to the protocols of the market, turning human suffering and poverty into commodities and preparing their subjects for normalised and disciplined life. In a period when human rights and humanitarianism are used as pretexts for war and imperialism, this is an important book that brilliantly challenges the ruling illusions of the era. "-Costas Douzinas, Birkbeck, University of London, author of Human Rights and Empire
" . . . Seamlessly moves between discussions of philosophy, history, literary criticism, politics, and policy to support an original and compelling argument."
-Journal of Human Rights
978-0-8232-2818-8, Paper, $28.00
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