Human Rights after Corporate Personhood: An Uneasy Merger?

Edited by Jody Greene and Sharif Youssef

© 2020

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.

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  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.2in x 9.1in
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Interdisciplinary in scope, this book draws from a range of specialized scholarship and archival research to intervene in current debates on the study of corporations.

Human Rights after Corporate Personhood: An Uneasy Merger?

Edited by Jody Greene and Sharif Youssef

© 2020

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.2in x 9.1in
  • Reviews

    "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
  • Author Information

    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.
  • Table of contents

    Corporate Persons, Revisited
    Sharif Youssef and Jody Greene

    Part I. Noble Households, Ignoble Subjects

    1. The Corporation’s Neoliberal Soul?
    Matthew Titolo

    2. Cosmopolitanism, Sovereignty, and the Problem of Corporate Personhood
    Joshua Barkan 

    3. Watched Over by Assemblages of Providential Grace
    Angela Mitropoulos

    Part II. The Social Theory of the Corporation

    4. From Public Sphere to Personalized Feed: Corporate Constitutional Rights and the Challenge to Popular
    Sovereignty
    David Golumbia, and Frank Pasquale

    5. Exceptionally Gifted: Corporate Exceptionalism and the Expropriation of Human Rights
    Richard Hardack

    Part III. Discipline and Guardianship

    6. "Killing Corporations to Save Humans: How Corporate Personhood, Human Rights, and the Corporate Death Penalty Intersect"
    Stefan Padfield

    7. Already Artificial: Legal Personality and Animal Rights
    Angela Fernandez

    Part IV. Corporate Personification

    8. The Livestock that Therefore We Are: Two Episodes from the Pre-History of Corporate Personhood 
    Scott R. MacKenzie

    9. Immortal and Intangible? Corporate Metaphysics in Jacksonian America
    Peter Jaros

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