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 contexts.
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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 142 x 222 x 22mm | 639.56g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745311431
  • 9780745311432

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A world characterised by ethno-nationalist struggles, civil wars, and political violence has led anthropologists to examine in more detail the relationships between state violence, ideas about 'culture', and the activities of human rights organisations. The first coherent contextual study of its kind, Human Rights, Culture and Context moves beyond the conventional anthropological dichotomy of universalism versus cultural relativism by considering recent theoretical insights into the politics of identity and by tracing the concrete interconnections created by a globalisation of human rights. Drawing on case studies from around the world - Guatemala, Mauritius, Hawai'i, Iran, the United States and Mexico - this collection documents how trans-national human rights discourses and legal institutions are materialised, imposed, resisted and trans-formed in a variety of contexts.
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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

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