Foucault and the Politics of Rights

2017.01.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ben Golder, Foucault and the Politics of Rights, Stanford University Press, 2015, 246pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780804796491.
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2017.01.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ben Golder, Foucault and the Politics of Rights, Stanford University Press, 2015, 246pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780804796491. Reviewed by Andrew Dilts, Loyola Marymount University Rights, as Wendy Brown (drawing on Gayatri Spivak) correctly notes, "certainly . . . appear as that which we cannot not want."[1] They promise protection from domination and oppression, and even liberation, but these promises are made on necessarily normalizing terms. As Brown puts it, "That which we cannot not want is also that which ensnares us in the terms of our domination."[2] And rights, at least in their dominant liberal and legal formations in the Western political order, are rightly the very things which demand the vigilance of "persistent critique."[3] As Ben Golder -- in his careful, timely, and excellent book -- puts it, "If they [rights] are sometimes effective in redirecting and... Read More

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