Reclaiming Human Rights as a Politics of Resistance

  • Joel R. Pruce
Part of the Human Rights Interventions book series (HURIIN)


Amnesty International reboots its legendary benefit concerts in 2014, bringing together familiar faces with newer ones, including Pussy Riot—a punk rock activist collective infamously imprisoned for their protests against Vladimir Putin. This attempt to embrace the radical, critical, and insurgent sensibility within human rights in the context of a mass benefit concert closes the loop and highlights the fundamental dilemmas inherent in this model of transnational advocacy. Reclaiming human rights as a subversive idea and unleashing the force of the individuality and creativity of its supporters can help reconnect the practice of human rights with the principles by which it is constituted will produce a movement of advocates and organizations bound to the radical spirit of human rights.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joel R. Pruce
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of DaytonDaytonUSA

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