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Dilemmas of ModernityBolivian Encounters with Law and Liberalism$
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Mark Goodale

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759816

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759816.001.0001

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Human Rights and the Moral Imagination

Human Rights and the Moral Imagination

Becoming Liberal in the Norte de Potosí

(p.114) 5 Human Rights and the Moral Imagination
Dilemmas of Modernity
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This chapter explores the complex interconnections between law, a renewed liberalism, and modernity, by focusing on the coming of human rights discourse to Alonso de Ibañez. Human rights discourse has become an example of what might be described as a contemporary global superliberalism—a discursive form that brings together in itself and then expresses to a high degree the very essence of liberalism itself. Another way of making this point is to say that contemporary human rights discourse has become the summarizing key symbol par excellence of (late) liberalism, in that liberalism is symbolized through human rights discourse in ways that discourage analytical parsing (of human rights discourse-as-symbol), encourage emotional and even messianic devotion (as with a nation's flag), and, above all else, establish clear lines of discursive demarcation, what I like to think of as universes of inclusion and exclusion.

Keywords:   Bolivia, law, liberalism, modernity, human rights discourse, Alonso de Ibañez

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