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The Practice of Human Rights: Tracking Law Between the Global and the Local

Edited by: Mark Goodale, Sally merry

ISBN13: 9780521683784
Published: July 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £35.99

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Human rights are now the dominant approach to social justice globally. But how do human rights work? What do they do? Drawing on anthropological studies of human rights work from around the world, this book examines human rights in practice. It shows how groups and organizations mobilize human rights language in a variety of local settings, often differently from those imagined by human rights law itself.

The case studies reveal the contradictions and ambiguities of human rights approaches to various forms of violence. They show that this openness is not a failure of universal human rights as a coherent legal or ethical framework but an essential element in the development of living and organic ideas of human rights in context. Studying human rights in practice means examining the channels of communication and institutional structures that mediate between global ideas and local situations. Suitable for use on inter-disciplinary courses globally.

  • Breaks new ground by approaching the study of human rights through a series of problems that require an interdisciplinary approach
  • The volume’s four sections (violence, power, vulnerability, and ambiguity) are divided thematically without regard to traditional categories within human rights studies
  • Gives readers with different disciplinary backgrounds and interests the ability to see the issues under consideration from a range of angles

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Introduction - locating rights, envisioning law between the global and the local Mark Goodale
Part I. States of Violence: 1. Introduction Sally Engle Merry
2. The violence of rights - human rights as culprit, human rights as victim Daniel Goldstein
3. Double-binds of self and secularism in Nepal - religion, democracy, identity and rights Lauren Leve
Part II. Registers of Power: 4. Introduction Laura Nader
5. The power of right(s) - tracking empires of law and new modes of social resistance in Bolivia (and elsewhere) Mark Goodale
6. Exercising rights and reconfiguring resistance in the the Zapatista Shannon Speed
Part III. Conditions of Vulnerability: 7. Introduction Sally Engle Merry
8. Rights to indigenous culture in Colombia Jean Jackson
9. The 2000 UN Human Trafficking Protocol - rights, enforcement, vulnerabilities Kay Warren
Part IV. Encountering Ambivalence: 10. Introduction Balakrishnan Rajagopal
11. Transnational legal conflict between peasants and corporations in Burma - human rights and discursive ambivalence under the U.S. Alien Tort Claims Act John Dale
12. Being Swazi, Being Human - custom, constitutionalism and human rights in an African monarchy Sari Wastell
13. Conclusion - Tyrannosaurus Lex - The Anthropology of human rights and transnational law Richard Ashby Wilson.