1st Edition

An Analysis of Seyla Benhabib's The Rights of Others
Aliens, Residents and Citizens

ISBN 9781912284733
Published May 2, 2018 by Macat Library
112 Pages

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Book Description

In The Rights of Others, Benhabib argues that the transnational movement of people across the globe has brought to the fore fundamental dilemmas facing liberal democracies: tension between a state’s commitment to universal human rights, and to its sovereign self-determination and its claims to regulate its national borders on the other. Re-conceptualises the boundaries of political membership in liberal democracies instead proposing ‘porous’ borders rather than open ones and a right to ‘just membership,’ advocating cosmopolitan federalism in the tradition of Kant. Banhabib’s work goes to the heart of key issues faced in a world of forced displacement, Brexit, and increased protectionism.

Table of Contents

Ways in to the text 

Who is Seyla Benhabib? 

What does The Rights of Others Say? 

Why does The Rights of Others Matter? 

Section 1: Influences 

Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context 

Module 2: Academic Context 

Module 3: The Problem 

Module 4: The Author's Contribution 

Section 2: Ideas 

Module 5: Main Ideas 

Module 6: Secondary Ideas 

Module 7: Achievement 

Module 8: Place in the Author's Work 

Section 3: Impact 

Module 9: The First Responses 

Module 10: The Evolving Debate 

Module 11: Impact and Influence Today 

Module 12: Where Next? 

Glossary of Terms  

People Mentioned in the Text 

Works Cited

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Burcu Ozcelik is a Teaching Associate in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her broader research engages with human rights reform and constitutionalisation, political theories of reconciliation and recognition, agonistic democratic theory, and evolving understandings of self-determination, and she has conducted empirical research into contemporary Kurdish politics in Turkey, Iraq and Syria and Turkey’s foreign policy in the Middle East.