From Human Rights to A Politics of Care

Gordon, Neve and Rottenberg, Catherine. 2024. From Human Rights to A Politics of Care. Humanity, 14(3), pp. 327-346. ISSN 2151-4364 [Article]

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Responding to claims that human rights have for too long dominated the imaginative space of emancipation, in this paper we aim to center stage the politics of care. After demonstrating the inadequacy of the so-called "subject of human rights" which has been construed in binary terms as either independent or dependent, we highlight the contribution of feminist ethics of care scholars in underscoring interdependency as an essential component of the human condition. We then draw on the work of Audre Lorde and Judith Butler to offer a new conceptualization of interdependency, one unmoored from the liberal subject. By way of conclusion, we interweave this new understanding of interdependency with insights drawn from The Care Manifesto and abolitionist care scholars to offer an alternative political framework, one that offers a collaborative utopian counter-narrative for the 21st century.

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Human rights, politics of care, Covid-19, interdependency, care ethics, independence, dependence, emancipation, Care Manifesto, abolitionist care

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


6 July 2023Accepted
22 April 2024Published

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15 May 2024 13:24

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15 May 2024 13:30

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