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The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding$
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Philip Alston and Sarah Knuckey

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190239480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239480.001.0001

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“The Danger of a Single Story”

“The Danger of a Single Story”

Introducing Intersectionality in Fact-Finding

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(p.155) 8. “The Danger of a Single Story”
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The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding
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Shreya Atrey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239480.003.0008

This chapter consists of four sections following the introduction. Section II introduces the idea behind putting the three concepts of narratives, intersectionality, and fact-finding together. It considers how human rights fact-finding processes, even as they seek to engage with persons with intersectional identities, fail in doing so without a strong analytical and interpretative framework of intersectionality and an appreciation of narrative methodology. This section studies the example of fact-finding missions on violence against women to highlight this. Section III explains the social theory of narratives for implying its purpose in making fact-finding intersectional. Section IV builds the normative basis of intersectionality and connects intersectionality with narrative methodology. Section V proceeds to consider the theoretical implications of infusing fact-finding with the framework of intersectionality via narrative methodology.

Keywords:   fact-finding framework, fact-finding mission, narrative methodology, intersectionality, violence against women

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