Human Rights, Culture and Context

Anthropological Perspectives

Author: Richard Wilson

Publisher: Pluto Press (UK)

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 227

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'Important, timely and constructive ... An important step forward' Social Anthropology_By establishing a link between normative and empirical analysis, this book offers valuable insights into human rights discourse.' International AffairsDrawing 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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Culture and Rights

Anthropological Perspectives

Author: Jane K. Cowan,Marie-B鈋n鈋dicte·Dembour

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521797351

Category: Law

Page: 258

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Part I: Setting universal rights
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Cultural Heritage and Human Rights

Author: Helaine Silverman,D. Fairchild Ruggles

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387765794

Category: Social Science

Page: 206

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Is there a universal right to the free expression and preservation of cultural heritage, and if so, where is that right articulated and how can it be protected? No corner of today’s world has escaped the effects of globalization – for better or worse. This volume addresses a deeply political aspect of heritage preservation and management as it relates to human rights.
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Nature and Society

Anthropological Perspectives

Author: European Association of Social Anthropologists. Conference

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415132169

Category: Social Science

Page: 310

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The contributors to this book focus on the relationship between nature and society from a variety of theoretical and ethnographic perspectives and emphasize the problems posed by the nature-culture dualism.
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Human Rights

An Anthropological Reader

Author: Mark Goodale

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405183357

Category: Political Science

Page: 406

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Part I: Conceptual and historical foundations
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Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Author: Alan Barnard,Jonathan Spencer,Professor of the Anthropology of South Asia Jonathan Spencer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135236410

Category: Reference

Page: 896

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Written by leading scholars in the field, this comprehensive and readable resource gives anthropology students a unique guide to the ideas, arguments and history of the discipline. The fully revised and expanded second edition reflects major changes in anthropology in the past decade.
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Anthropology and the Will to Meaning

A Postcolonial Critique

Author: Vassos Argyrou

Publisher: Pluto Press

ISBN: 9780745318608

Category: Social Science

Page: 136

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Anthropology, the study of societies and cultures different to our own, is based on the humanist assumption that difference does not mean otherness and inferiority. In this book, Vassos Argyrou puts forward a powerful critique of both modern and postmodern anthropology that reveals the self-centered logic of anthropological humanism, offering the controversial conclusion that the anthropological project is forever doomed to failure. At the heart of the book is the idea that anthropologists are driven to produce knowledge not by a desire for power, as it is often assumed, but a by desire for meaning. Interpretation of Other societies and cultures allows them to construct an image of a symbolically unified, ethically ordered and hence meaningful world. Vassos Argyrou shows this assumption to be untenable because differentiation and distinction are in the nature of human being. He further argues that, paradoxically, by trying to uphold Sameness, anthropologists reproduce, inadvertently but inevitably, its contrary.
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Human Rights and Gender Violence

Translating International Law into Local Justice

Author: Sally Engle Merry

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226520759

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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Human rights law and the legal protection of women from violence are still fairly new concepts. As a result, substantial discrepancies exist between what is decided in the halls of the United Nations and what women experience on a daily basis in their communities. Human Rights and Gender Violence is an ambitious study that investigates the tensions between global law and local justice. As an observer of UN diplomatic negotiations as well as the workings of grassroots feminist organizations in several countries, Sally Engle Merry offers an insider's perspective on how human rights law holds authorities accountable for the protection of citizens even while reinforcing and expanding state power. Providing legal and anthropological perspectives, Merry contends that human rights law must be framed in local terms to be accepted and effective in altering existing social hierarchies. Gender violence in particular, she argues, is rooted in deep cultural and religious beliefs, so change is often vehemently resisted by the communities perpetrating the acts of aggression. A much-needed exploration of how local cultures appropriate and enact international human rights law, this book will be of enormous value to students of gender studies and anthropology alike.
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Locating Cultural Creativity

Author: John Liep

Publisher: Pluto Press

ISBN: 9780745317021

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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The contributors to this volume reexamine the interconnectedness of culture and creativity in an increasingly hybrid world. They argue that while many of the old certainties about high culture and artistic canons may now be disintegrating, culture and creativity themselves are still very much a reflection of social processes involving power and the control of resources.Case studies include youth subcultures in Europe; experimental theatre derived from the Brazilian candomblé dance; the role of memory in mythology among the Pukapukan of Polynesia; the evolution of football and polo in Argentina; gender relations in Algerian raï music; the notion of authenticity in artistic movements in Zanzibar; traditional and modern practices of the Lio in Indonesia; and kula exchange and social movements in the Trobriand Islands in the Pacific.
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Anthropology and Development

Culture, Morality and Politics in a Globalised World

Author: Emma Crewe,Richard Axelby

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107005922

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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"In recent decades international development has grown into a world-shaping industry. But how do aid agencies work and what do they achieve? How does aid appear to those who receive it? And why has there been so little improvement in the position of the poor? Viewing aid and development from anthropological perspectives gives illuminating answers to questions such as these. This essential textbook reveals anthropologists' often surprising findings and details ethnographic case studies on the cultures of development. The authors use a fertile literature to examine the socio-political organisation of aid communities, agencies and networks as well as the judgements they make about each other. Exploring the spaces between policy and practice, success and failure, the future and the past, this book provides a rounded understanding of development work that suggests new moral and political possibilities for an increasingly globalised world"--
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