Activist scholarship in human rights

Lennox, Corinne and Yildiz, Yesim Yaprak. 2020. Activist scholarship in human rights. International Journal of Human Rights, 24(1), pp. 4-27. ISSN 1364-2987 [Article]

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Activist scholarship in human rights has made valuable contributions to the fulfilment of human rights globally but there is very little critical self-reflection on what activist scholarship in human rights means or how it should be pursued. This article seeks to open up discussion on these points by drawing on the wider discourse of activist scholarship. Activist scholarship is distinguished by new and critical approaches to knowledge production, whereby researchers and activists collaborate in politically engaged research and use research for the purpose of furthering justice and equality of various forms. While general human rights scholarship often shares these aims, activist scholarship in human rights goes further by adopting specific methodologies and employing critical theories. The article distinguishes between the pursuits of scholarship and activist scholarship in human rights and outlines the perils and dilemmas that activist scholars in human rights can face. The article ends by proposing what a human rights-based approach to activist scholarship in human rights might consist of, drawing from the core human rights principles of non-discrimination, the right to participation and the obligation of accountability.

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Activist scholarship, human rights-based approach, human rights education, human rights scholarship, participatory action research, knowledge production

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10 September 2019Published Online
25 August 2019Accepted

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01 Nov 2019 09:08

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09 Jun 2021 19:05

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