Human Rights, Culture and Context: Anthropological Perspectives

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Pluto Press, 1997 - Social Science - 227 pages
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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An adequate but not stellar collection of papers. Although several "big names" are included, this represents an early stage in their respective work, and shows signs of that immaturity. More recent ... Read full review


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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).

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