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Rightlessness in an Age of Rights$
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Ayten Gundogdu

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199370412

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199370412.001.0001

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Conclusion: The Struggle Remains Undecided

Conclusion: The Struggle Remains Undecided

(p.203) Conclusion: The Struggle Remains Undecided
Rightlessness in an Age of Rights

Ayten Gündoğdu

Oxford University Press

The conclusion reiterates the need for critical inquiries of human rights to carefully examine the conditions that give rise to problems of rightlessness as well as struggles that contest these conditions. To do this, it turns to Arendt’s discussion of Kafka’s The Castle and engages with her argument that K.’s struggle exemplifies the political agency of a pariah who refuses to accept the status of being dependent on favors and rebels against that condition in the name of human rights. Reconsidered alongside Arendt’s reflections on the Jewish emancipation and her account of statelessness, K.’s story illuminates the promises, challenges, and uncertainties of various contemporary rights struggles waged by migrants today. These struggles gesture to a democratic cosmopolitics, as they bring to view new possibilities of enacting the right to politics across territorial borders.

Keywords:   Kafka, The Castle, K, pariah, Jewish emancipation, statelessness, cosmopolitics

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