Foucault and the Politics of Rights

Thomas Biebricher

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The article aims to offer an assessment of the complex position of Michel Foucault on the political significance of rights-claiming, i.e. the politics of rights. Although the theorist Foucault has reservations regarding rights-claiming and only vaguely gestures at a ‘new form of right’ the intellectual Foucault resorts to the practice of rights-claiming on many occasions. The article argues that in these interventions by the intellectual Foucault indeed such a ‘new form of right’ is discernible that rests on a radical rights constructivism. The article concludes with a number of caveats regarding such an emphatically political practice of rights-claiming.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Political Power
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)301-318
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Foucault
  • Law
  • Rights
  • Politics
  • Power

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