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Agamben and the Politics of Human Rights: Statelessness, Images, Violence

John Lechte and Saul Newman


Most commentators agree that human rights today are in crisis. Virtually everywhere one looks, there is violence, deprivation and oppression, which human rights norms – prominent as they are in the global order – seem powerless to prevent. This book investigates the roots of the current crisis through the thought of Italian philosopher, Giorgio Agamben. While Agamben is critical of human rights, he nevertheless opens up crucial thresholds and lines of enquiry – biopolitics, the sovereign state of exception, and ‘bare life’ – which human rights theory and practice must come to grips with. The a ... More

Keywords: Agamben, Arendt, human rights, sovereignty, statelessness, violence, images, law — politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748645725
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748645725.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Lechte, author
Macquarie University

Saul Newman, author
Goldsmiths, University of London