Human Rights, Culture and Context

Human Rights, Culture and Context : Anthropological Perspectives

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Drawing on case studies from around the world - including Iran, Guatemala, USA and Mexico - this collection documents how transnational human rights discourses and legal institutions are materialised, imposed, resisted and transformed in a variety of more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 20mm | 340.19g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0745311423
  • 9780745311425
  • 754,861

About Richard Ashby Wilson

Richard Wilson has carried out extensive research on the relationship between political violence, religion and ethnicity in Guatemala. He is the author of Maya Resurgence in Guatemala: Q'egchi Experiences (1995, University of Oklahoma Press) At present he is making comparative studies of truth commissions in Latin America and South Africa. Together with Thomas Eriksen, he is the series editor of the Anthropology, Culture and Society series (Pluto Press).show more

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'By establishing a link between normative and empirical analysis, this book offers valuable insights into human rights discourse' -- International Affairsshow more

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Acknowledgements Notes on contributors 1. Introduction: Human Rights, Culture and Context by Richard A. Wilson, Sussex Univerisity 2. Legal Pluralism and Transnational Culture: The Ka Ho'okolokolonui Kanaka Maoli Tribunal, Hawai'i, 1993 by Sally Engle Merry, Wellesley College 3. Multiculturalism, Individualism and Human Rights: Romanticism, the Enlightenment and Lessons from Mauritius by Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo 4. Liberalism, Socio-economic Rights and the Politics of Identity: from Moral Economy to Indigenous Rights by John Gledhill, University College, London 5. On Torture, or Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment by Talal Asad, New School, NYU 6. Representing Human Rights Violations: Social Contexts and Subjectivities by Richard A. Wilson, Sussex University 7. Universal and Sustainable Human Rights? Special Tribunals in Guatemala by Jenny Schirmer, Harvard University 8. To Whom Should We Listen? Human Rights Activism in Two Guatemalan Land Disputes by David Stoll Bibliography Indexshow more

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