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

ISBN-10: 0521683785
ISBN-13: 9780521683784
Edition: 2007
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $62.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/26/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 398
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

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.

Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Locating rights, envisioning law between the global and the local
States of Violence
Introduction
Human rights as culprit, human rights as victim: rights and security in the state of exception
"Secularism is a human right!": double-binds of Buddhism, democracy, and identity in Nepal
Registers of Power
Introduction
The power of right(s): tracking empires of law and new modes of social resistance in Bolivia (and elsewhere)
Exercising rights and reconfiguring resistance in the Zapatista Juntas de Buen Gobierno
Conditions of Vulnerability
Introduction
Rights to indigenous culture in Colombia
The 2000 UN Human Trafficking Protocol: rights, enforcement, vulnerabilities
Encountering Ambivalence
Introduction
Transnational legal conflict between peasants and corporations in Burma: human rights and discursive ambivalence under the US Alien Tort Claims Act
Being Swazi, being human: custom, constitutionalism and human rights in an African polity
Conclusion: Tyrannosaurus lex: the anthropology of human rights and transnational law
Index

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