Counting the Dead The Culture and Politics of Human Rights Activism in Colombia

ISBN-10: 0520252837

ISBN-13: 9780520252837

Edition: 2007

Authors: Winifred Tate
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Description: At a time when a global consensus on human rights standards seems to be emerging, this rich study steps back to explore how the idea of human rights is actually employed by activists and human rights professionals. Winifred Tate, an anthropologist and activist with extensive experience in Colombia, finds that radically different ideas about human rights have shaped three groups of human rights professionals working there--nongovernmental activists, state representatives, and military officers. Drawing from the life stories of high-profile activists, pioneering interviews with military officials, and research at the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva,Counting the Deadunderscores the importance of analyzing and understanding human rights discourses, methodologies, and institutions within the context of broader cultural and political debates.

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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Map of Colombia
Introduction
Colombia: Mapping the Eternal Crisis
Solidarity with Our Class Brothers: The First Wave of Colombian Human Rights Activism
The Production of Human Rights Knowledge and the Practice of Politics
The Emotional Politics of Activism in the 1990s
The Global Imaginaries of Colombian Activists at the United Nations and Beyond
State Activism and the Production of Impunity
Human Rights and the Colombian Military's War Stories
Conclusion: The Politics of Human Rights Knowledge
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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