Cultural studies meets rights criticism

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I would like to use this occasion to ask how thinking about law and human rights would affect the way we do cultural studies, and vice versa. The truth is that the consideration of the effectivity of many different kinds of political mobilizations around issues of rights, from transnational NGOs' strategies of anti-imperial politics to UN's education to rethink critical legal methods and practices, have not been seriously charted or assessed in cultural studies. I use this occasion to offer a rough outline of a long-term project that tries to look at the intersections of cultural studies, law, and questions of modernity. Copyright © 2013 National Communication Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-241
JournalCommunication and Critical/ Cultural Studies
Issue number2-3
Early online dateJun 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013


Erni, J. N. (2013). Cultural studies meets rights criticism. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 10(2-3), 238-241. doi: 10.1080/14791420.2013.812593


  • Human rights
  • Legal modernities
  • Advocacy-oriented social movements


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