A choice must be made between being equal in an unequal society and being unequal in an ‘equal’ society, a society which transforms equality into its opposite
(Rancière 1995:84).
 

INTRODUCTION

To strengthen the dissertation’s argument against liberal utilitarian thinking, this chapter explores the work of Jacques Derrida and Jacques Rancière regarding democracy understood not as a system or a mode of government, but as a process based on a politics of disagreement. I will further claim that by recognising hospitality and equality as pillars of democracy and politics, one can make the case for the authentic recognition of asylum seekers, and the recognition of their equal part and visibility within the demos, which is, in fact, stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. By reconceptualising the way in which human rights can be used as a tool to make visible the wrong of inequality and to disrupt totalising legal and political systems, a radical theory and practice can be formulated and implemented in the form of interruption, regarding newcomers as part of the society of equals.