The Practice Of Human Rights: Tracking Law Between The Global And The Local by Mark GoodaleThe Practice Of Human Rights: Tracking Law Between The Global And The Local by Mark Goodale

The Practice Of Human Rights: Tracking Law Between The Global And The Local

EditorMark Goodale, Sally Engle Merry

Paperback | August 27, 2007

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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.
Professor of Anthropology and Law and Society at New York University.
Title:The Practice Of Human Rights: Tracking Law Between The Global And The LocalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:398 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:August 27, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521683785

ISBN - 13:9780521683784


Table of Contents

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.

Editorial Reviews

"...This volume will introduce the reader to some of the main issues and approaches in contemporary thinking on human rights being done in social science circles, primarily, but not exclusively, by anthropologists, and among the latter primarily, but not exclusively, those concerned with the anthropology of law..."
Terence Turner, University of Chicago & Cornell University, Journal of Anthropological Research