chapter  4
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Righting Wrongs

ByGayatri Chakravorty Spivak

The primary nominative sense of rights cited by the Oxford English Dictionary is ‘justifi able claim, on legal or moral grounds, to have or obtain something, or to act in a certain way’. There is no parallel usage of wrongs, connected to an agent in the possessive case — ‘my wrongs’ — or given to it as an object of the verb to have — ‘she has wrongs’.