‘We the peoples’: Contending discourses of security in human rights theory and practice

Dunne, Tim and Wheeler, Nicholas J. (2004) ‘We the peoples’: Contending discourses of security in human rights theory and practice. International Relations, 18 1: 9-23. doi:10.1177/0047117804041738


Author Dunne, Tim
Wheeler, Nicholas J.
Title ‘We the peoples’: Contending discourses of security in human rights theory and practice
Journal name International Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0047-1178
1741-2862
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0047117804041738
Volume 18
Issue 1
Start page 9
End page 23
Total pages 15
Place of publication London, .U.K.
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article develops a critical conception of security by showing the limits of traditional realist and pluralist discourses. It does this by exploring the deficiencies of realist and pluralist approaches when it comes to thinking about the promotion of human rights. Realism leads to moral indifference and a myopic approach to security and pluralism is complacent about how the rules and norms of international society exclude humanitarian concerns. The article argues for a critical approach to security that places human rights at the centre of theory and praxis, reflecting the fundamental indivisibility of security and human rights. The article concludes by reflecting on the implications for agency of this position.

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Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
 
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