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Rights as Footprints: A New Metaphor for Contemporary Human Rights Practice

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Metaphors can help advocates and scholars to understand the complicated practice of claiming human rights. So far, drawing on studies from related literatures - from critical rights scholarship, critical race theory and the socio-legal study of public interest lawyering - metaphors have helped to describe and celebrate human rights advocacy. They have also provided a trenchant critique. The "rights as myths" metaphor endures for its shorthand description of how rights beguile socially disadvantaged groups with the false promise of a legal remedy for their grievances, if only they articulate them as rights (...).

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hal-01052976 , version 1 (29-07-2014)

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Jeremy Perelman, Katharine G. Young. Rights as Footprints: A New Metaphor for Contemporary Human Rights Practice. Northwestern University Journal of International Human Rights, 2010, 9 (1), pp.27-58. ⟨hal-01052976⟩
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