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Title: The universality of human rights in (cultural) translation : subjectivity, performativity, livability /
Author: McNeilly, Kathryn
ISNI:       0000 0004 5371 2386
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2014
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The universality of human rights has been a fiercely contested issue throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. This thesis critically engages with the universality of human rights, not as a static characteristic or attribute of rights, but as an ongoing process using Judith Butler's concept of cultural translation. A practice through which universal concepts are dialectically worked and reworked by entering into dialogue with competing assertions of themselves, cultural translation is explored as a productive way in which rights politics can be read and consciously engaged in by radical political groups, feminist groups in particular, to work human rights beyond their current liberal conceptualisations. In this investigation Butler's ontological tools of performativity and livability are also engaged to consider the way in which the universalisation of human rights interacts with discourses of gender subjectivity and, crucially, may offer opportunities to open up wider possibilities for gendered life. The culmination of this thesis, paying attention to the links between the work of Butler and that of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, advances the model of cultural translation as a potential centrepiece in a contemporary . radical democratic theory and practice of human rights. Exploration of the possibilities of cultural translation in this way is carried out via two case studies considering the universal human rights concepts of "non-discrimination", thought in relation to gendered violence, and "life", thought in relation to the politics of abortion, as they translate from the international to the local level, annotating investigation at the latter level with insights from rights politics in the context of Northern Ireland.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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