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1 - Human Rights in the Home

Sun, August 11, 2:30 to 4:10pm, New York Hilton, Floor: Second Floor, Nassau West

Session Submission Type: Invited Session


Can human rights transcend public-private boundaries? Are rights useful in the family home? Do human rights matter to households? Aristotle’s conception of the state is based on the assumption that government will not intervene into a family home, unless household members’ rights are violated. Important scholarship has challenged Aristotle’s conception, pointing out that the household often is a site of significant power differences. This scholarship demonstrates that rights have limited utility when it comes to the family. This session will assess whether human rights can transcend public-private boundaries and ameliorate inequalities in the family home.

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