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Novelization of Citizenship: Literature and Human Rights. Lectures by A.S.Dasan email@example.com At the Academic Staff College – UOM – Mysore Friday, 16th Sept. 2011 At the Refresher Course Organised by the Dept. of Political Science- UOM. Poetics of Human Rights.
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Lectures by A.S.Dasan
At the Academic Staff College – UOM – Mysore
Friday, 16th Sept. 2011
At the Refresher Course Organised by the Dept. of Political Science- UOM
No man is an island – John Donne
a. Whether rights claims are based on status as an individual human being or status as a member of some community or group of persons;b. The extent to which differential treatment of persons is permitted on grounds of achievement and ascription;c. The emphasis on rights compared to duties or obligations and the extent to which rights and duties are thought to be interdependent;d. The emphasis on so-called economic and social rights compared to the emphasis on civil and political rights, sometimes conceived as a difference between positive rights of governmental obligation to provide economic and social well-being and the negative rights of governmental obligation to refrain from abridging political and civil rights;e. The extent to which rights are viewed as absolute or relative. (Johnson 1988: 42-43). [emphasis ours;
It is said that these dimensions are inter-related though separately classified.
So long as the three great problems of the century—the degradation of man through pauperism, the corruption of woman through hunger, the crippling of children through lack of light—are unsolved; so long as social asphyxia is possible in any part of the world;—in other words, and with a still wider significance, so long as ignorance and poverty exist on earth, books of the nature of Les Misérables cannot fail to be of use. HAUTEVILLE HOUSE, 1862. [Translation by Isabel F. Hapgood]” ― Victor Hugo, Les Miserables: Complete 5 Volumes
Literature in this process not only engages itself with human-right concepts, their vicarious possibilities, but also paves way for interdisciplinary readings of these two interrelated disciplines. These seemingly distinct subjects inform each other at the level of theory, praxis and pedagogy.