The Pluriverse of Human Rights: The Diversity of Struggles for Dignity: The Diversity of Struggles for Dignity (Paperback)

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The impasse currently affecting human rights as a language used to express struggles for dignity is, to a large extent, a reflection of the epistemological and political exhaustion which blights the global North. Since the global hegemony of human rights as a language for human dignity is nowadays incontrovertible, the question of whether it can be used in a counter-hegemonic sense remains open. Inspired by struggles from all corners of the world that reveal the potential but, above all, the limitations of human rights, this book offers a highly conditional response. The prevailing notion of human rights today, as the hegemonic language of human dignity, can only be resignified on the basis of answers to simple questions: why does so much unjust human suffering exist that is not considered a violation of human rights? Do other languages of human dignity exist in the world? Are these other languages compatible with the language of human rights? Obviously, we can only find satisfactory answers to these questions if we are able to envisage a radical transformation of what is nowadays known as human rights. Herein lies the challenge posed by the Epistemologies of the South: reconciling human rights with the different languages and forms of knowledge born out of struggles for human dignity.

About the Author


Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA). He has written extensively on globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology and social movements. His most recent publication The End of the Cognitive Empire: The Coming of Age of Epistemologies of the South (2018). Bruno Sena Martins is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. Co-coordinator of the Doctoral Program Human Rights in Contemporary Societies. He was Vice-President of CES/UC Scientific Board and Co-coordinator of the research group Democracy, Citizenship and Law Research Group (DECIDe). In 2007, he was Research Fellow at the Centre for Disability Studies (CDS), School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds. His research interests include body, disability, human rights and colonialism.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781032012216
ISBN-10: 1032012218
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: June 22nd, 2021
Pages: 272
Language: English