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Human Rights after Corporate Personhood
Edited by: Jody Greene Edited by: Sharif Youssef
9781487506964 Hardcover English Higher Education BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General Nov 10, 2020
$80.00 CAD
Active 6.3 x 9.1 x 1.2 in | 620 gr 344 pages University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Human Rights after Corporate Personhood offers a rich overview of current debates, and seeks to transcend the "outrage response" often found in public discourse and corporate legal theory. Through original and innovative analyses, the volume offers an alternative account of corporate juridical personality and its relation to the human, one that departs from accounts offered by public law. In addition, it explores opportunities for the application of legal personality to assist progressive projects, including, but not limited to, environmental justice, animal rights, and Indigenous land claims.

Presented accessibly for the benefit of non-specialist readers, the volume offers original arguments and draws on eclectic sources, from law and poetry to fiction and film. At the same time, it is firmly grounded in legal scholarship and, thus, serves as an essential reference for scholars, students, lawmakers, and anyone seeking a better understanding of the interface between corporations and the law in the twenty-first century.

Jody Greene is associate vice provost for Teaching and Learning and professor of Literature, Feminist Studies, and the History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Sharif Youssef is an assistant professor of English and Legal Studies at Ashoka University.

"Human Rights after Corporate Personhood is a fine collection of essays devoted – though not exclusively – to two basic issues troubling contemporary liberal society: the meaning of the corporation as a legal individual and the legally unstable idea of human rights. Greene and Youssef make the reader think about the relationship between corporate personhood and real, or human, personhood, at times arguing that, after all, real personhood is a bit of a legal fiction too. The scholarship found in this collection is sound and careful, marking a major contribution to research and an important intervention in current debates."

- Vincent P. Pecora, Department of English, University of Utah

"This volume is a breath of fresh air. It devotes careful, critical thought to topics that all too often are defined by easy denunciation, routinized lamentation, and dogmatic affirmation. The essays collected here are consistently original, rigorous, intricate, and lively, and they are joined together by Greene and Youssef’s superbly comprehensive introduction. Readers of all stripes will find in this book sharp insights into questions that today are of increasingly burning concern."

- Adam Sitze, Department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Amherst College

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