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Culture and Rights: Anthropological Perspectives

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Edited by: Jane K. Cowan

ISBN13: 9780521793391
ISBN: 0521793394
Published: November 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £64.99



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Do people everywhere have the same, or even compatible, ideas about multiculturalism, indigenous rights or women's rights? The authors of this book move beyond the traditional terms of the universalism versus cultural relativism debate. Through detailed case-studies from around the world (Hawaii, France, Thailand, Botswana, Greece, Nepal and Canada) they explore the concrete effects of rights talk and rights institutions on people's lives.

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Subjects:
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Contents:
1. Introduction
Part I. Setting Universal Rights:
2. Changing rights, changing culture Sally Engle Merry
3. Following the movement of a pendulum: between universalism and relativism Marie-Benedicte Dembour
4. Imposing rights? - a case study of child prostitution in Thailand Heather Montgomery
5. Gendering culture: towards a plural perspective of Kwena women's rights Anne Griffiths
6. Between universalism and relativism: a critique of the UNESCO concept of culture Thomas Hylland Eriksen
Part II. Claiming Cultural Rights:
7. Ambiguities of an emancipatory discourse: The making of a Macedonian minority in Greece Jane K. Cowan
8. From cultural rights to individual rights and back: Nepalese struggles over culture and identity David Gellner
9. Advancing indigenous claims through the law: Reflections on the Guatemalan peace process Rachel Sieder and Jessica Witchell
10. Rights as the reward for simulated cultural sameness: the Innu in the Canadian colonial context Colin Samson.