Human Rights: An Anthropological Reader / Edition 1

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This innovative reader brings together key works that demonstrate the important and unique contributions anthropologists have made to the understanding and practice of human rights over the last 60 years.

  • Draws on a range of intellectual and methodological approaches to reveal both the ambiguities and potential of the postwar human rights project
  • Brings together essays by both contemporary luminaries and seminal figures to provide a rich introduction to the subject
  • Supplemented with selected international human rights documents and links to websites on human rights
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Provides an important introduction to core epistemological, moral, and methodological questions at stake. ... Recommended reading not just as background literature for students of the field, but for the wider anthropological community seeking to come to terms with rights." (Social Anthropology, January 2010)

"Goodale has an apt sense of what is important and what has yet to be done in the anthropological encounter with human rights ... .The book raises valuable questions not only about human rights but ultimately about cultural relativism, the concept of culture, and the practice and future of anthropology itself." (Academici, April 2009)

"The book draws on a range of intellectual and methodological approaches to explore both the ambiguities and potential of the postwar human rights project." (Law & Social Inquiry, Spring 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405183345
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Readers in Anthropology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 897,893
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Goodale is Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Anthropology at George Mason University and the Series Editor of Stanford Studies in Human Rights. He is the author of Surrendering to Utopia: An Anthropology of Human Rights (Stanford UP, 2009) and Dilemmas of Modernity: Bolivian Encounters with Law and Liberalism (Stanford UP, 2008) and coeditor (with Sally Engle Merry) of The Practice of Human Rights: Tracking Law Between the Global and the Local (Cambridge UP, 2007).

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Table of Contents

Introduction Human Rights and Anthropology Mark Goodale Goodale, Mark 1

Pt. I Conceptual and Historical Foundations 21

1 Statement on Human Rights (1947) and Commentaries American Anthropological Association Julian H. Steward Steward, Julian H. H. G. Barnett Barnett, H. G. 23

2 The Decline of the Nation-State and the End of the Rights of Man Hannah Arendt Arendt, Hannah 32

3 The Good, the Bad, and the Intolerable: Minority Group Rights Will Kymlicka Kymlicka, Will 58

4 Toward a Cross-Cultural Approach to Defining International Standards of Human Rights: The Meaning of Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im An-Na'im, Abdullahi Ahmed 68

5 Human Rights and Capabilities Amartya Sen Sen, Amartya 86

Pt. II Anthropology and Human Rights Activism 99

6 Declaration on Anthropology and Human Rights (1999) Committee for Human Rights American Anthropological Association 101

7 Anthropology, Human Rights, and Social Transformation Ellen Messer Messer, Ellen 103

8 Excavations of the Heart: Healing Fragmented Communities Victoria Sanford Sanford, Victoria 135

9 Rethinking Health and Human Rights: Time for a Paradigm Shift Paul Farmer Farmer, Paul Nicole Gastineau Gastineau, Nicole 143

10 Rotten Trade: Millennial Capitalism, Human Values and Global Justice in Organs Trafficking Nancy Scheper-Hughes Scheper-Hughes, Nancy 167

11 Anthropology and Human Rights: Do Anthropologists Have an Ethical Obligation to Promote Human Rights? An Open Exchange Terry Turner Turner, Terry Laura R. Graham Graham, Laura R. Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban Fluehr-Lobban, Carolyn Jane K. Cowan Cowan, Jane K. 198

Pt. III The Ethnography of HumanRights Practices 207

12 Representing Human Rights Violations: Social Contexts and Subjectivities Richard A. Wilson Wilson, Richard A. 209

13 Gendered Intersections: Collective and Individual Rights in Indigenous Women's Experience Shannon Speed Speed, Shannon 229

14 Human Rights and Moral Panics: Listening to Popular Grievances Harri Englund Englund, Harri 246

15 Legal Transplants and Cultural Translation: Making Human Rights in the Vernacular Sally Engle Merry Merry, Sally Engle 265

Pt. IV Critical Anthropologies of Human Rights 303

16 Culture and Rights after Culture and Rights Jane K. Cowan Cowan, Jane K. 305

17 Human Rights as Cultural Practice: An Anthropological Critique Ann-Belinda S. Preis Preis, Ann-Belinda S. 332

18 Between Universalism and Relativism: A Critique of the UNESCO Concept of Culture Thomas Hylland Eriksen Eriksen, Thomas Hylland 356

19 Toward a Critical Anthropology of Human Rights Mark Goodale Goodale, Mark 372

App Websites on Human Rights 395

Index 399

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