The Transnational Geography of Sexual Rights

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Among the signal developments of the last third of the twentieth century has been the emergence of a new politics of human rights. The transnational circulation of norms, networks, and representations has advanced human rights claims in ways that have reshaped global practices. Just as much as the transnational flow of capital, the new human rights politics are part of the phenomenon that has come to be termed globalization. Shifting the focus from the sovereignty of the nation to the rights of individuals, regardless of nationality, the interplay between the local and the global in these new human rights claims are fundamentally redrawing the boundaries between the rights of individuals, states, and the international community. Truth Claims brings together for the first time some of the best new work from a variety of disciplinary and geographic perspectives exploring the making of human rights claims and the cultural politics of their representations. All of the essays, whether dealing with the state and its victims, receptions of human rights claims, or the status of transnational rights claims in the era of globalization, explore the potentialities of an expansive humanistic framework. Here, the authors move beyond the terms -- and the limitations -- of the universalism/relativism debate that has so defined existing human rights literature.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wilson, A

Cited Editors

  • Bradley, M; Petro, P

Published Date

  • 2002

Book Title

  • Truth Claims: Representation and Human Rights

Start / End Page

  • 251 - 265

Published By

Place of Publication

  • New Brunswick, N.J.

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 0813530520

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780813530529