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Human Rights in Global Perspective : Anthropological Studies of Rights, Claims and Entitlements - Jon P. Mitchell

Human Rights in Global Perspective

Anthropological Studies of Rights, Claims and Entitlements

By: Jon P. Mitchell (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 5th June 2003
ISBN: 9780415304092
Number Of Pages: 272

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In the West we frequently pay lip service to universal notions of human rights. But do we ever consider how these work in local contexts and across diverse cultural and ethical structures? Do human rights agendas address the problems many people face, or are they more often the imposition of Western values onto largely non-Western communities?
Human Rights in a Global Perspective develops a social critique of rights agendas. It provides an understanding of how rights discussions and institutions can construct certain types of subjects such as victims and perpetrators, and certain types of act, such as common crimes and crimes against humanity. Using examples from the United States, Europe, India and South Africa, the authors restore the social dimension to rights processes and suggest some ethical alternatives to current practice.

List of contributors
List of tables
Introduction: The Social Life of Rights,
Representing the Common Good: The Limits of Legal Language
Two Approaches to Rights and Religion in Contemporary France
This Turbulent Priest: Contesting Religious Rights and the State in Tibetan Shugden Controversy
Legal/Illegal Counterpoints: Subjecthood and Subjectivity in a Pirate State
Anthropologists as Expert Witness: Political Asylum Cases Involving Sri Lankan Tamils
Voices from the Margins: Knowledge and Interpellation in Israeli Human Rights Protests
The Uncertain Political Limits of Cultural Claims: Ambiguous Symbols and Multiple Audiences in Contemporary Minority Rights Politics in Southeast Europe
'Using Rights to Measure Wrongs': A case study of method and moral in the work of South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Reproduction, Health, Rights: Connections and Disconnections
Rights and the Poor
The Rights of Being Human
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ISBN: 9780415304092
ISBN-10: 0415304091
Series: ASA Monographs
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 5th June 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1

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