Séminaire doctoral / Doctoral Seminar
Kate Nash : "NGOs and the Cultural Politics of Human Rights"
8 Janvier 2010

Dans le prolongement de son ouvrage The Cultural Politics of Human Rights. Comparing the US and UK (Cambridge University Press, 2009), Kate Nash présente une communication intitulée "NGOs and the Cultural Politics of Human Rights".

Kate Nash est sociologue. Elle est "enseignant-chercheur" à la Goldsmiths University of London. Ses différents cours portent sur "La citoyenneté et les droits de l'homme", "Politique, culture, changement", "Savoir moderne, pouvoir moderne" et elle intervient dans le cadre du MA "Genre et culture".

Kate Nash est également coresponsable du Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy (Goldsmiths University of London), "Fellow" du Center for Cultural Sociology (Yale University) et membre de l’Unit for Global Justice (Goldsmiths University of London). Elle est invitée à Sciences Po, au printemps 2010, dans le cadre de la Chaire Vincent Wright.

Ses thèmes de recherche sont les suivants : sociologie des droits de l’homme; politiques culturelles ; théorie du genre ; sociologie politique ; citoyenneté ; mouvements sociaux.

===) La séance se déroule au CSO, le vendredi 8 janvier 2010, de 10h à midi.

Résumé de la présentation (en anglais)

Kate Nash: NGOs and the Cultural Politics of Human Rights

Drawing on the work of social constructivists in IR, it has become common to refer to the "spiral model" of NGO efforts within states and IGO pressure from without as the way in which the leaders of repressive states are shamed into institutionalising and enforcing human rights norms. In this paper, I will discuss the limitations of this rather mechanistic understanding. Conceiving of NGO activity in terms of the cultural politics of human rights enables us better to understand the importance of differing interpretations of human rights norms; and the range of sites, at different scales, within and without the state at which contestations of human rights norms are engaged. In practical terms, conceiving human rights campaigns in terms of cultural politics opens up questions not only about how human rights campaigns succeed, but also what success or failure means to the actors involved. Institutionalising human rights is not simply a question of progressing along an already defined path towards success. How human rights are institutionalised - which branches of the state are involved, which actors in civil society, and how human rights are interpreted – makes a great deal of difference to how they are practiced over the long-term.

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