Panopticon: The Architecture and the Theatre of Human Rights

Ilia Xypolia* (Corresponding Author)

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The introduction lays out the key arguments and the outline of the book. The recent introduction of corruption into the US State Department’s Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices serves the US-specific interpretation of human rights that diverge from international standards and embedded in US imperialism. The discourse on human rights promotion has been criticised as the moral fig leaf covering other US interests. Yet, the ACRs ultimately are a mechanism that serves the function of the Foucauldian Panopticon apparatus. In particular, ACRs are an essential part of the power apparatus that observes, examines, and normalises the discourse on countries’ human rights practices. Through this metaphor the importance of knowledge production is underlined.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Rights, Imperialism, and Corruption in US Foreign Policy
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-99815-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-99814-1
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameHuman Rights Interventions


  • Human Rights
  • corruption
  • US foreign policy
  • panopticon


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