Human Rights in Global Perspective: Anthropological Studies of Rights, Claims and Entitlements

1st Edition

Jon P. Mitchell, Richard A. Wilson

Routledge
Published May 15, 2003
Reference - 272 Pages
ISBN 9780415304108 - CAT# RU25809
Series: ASA Monographs

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Summary

In the West we frequently pay lip service to universal notions of human rights. But do we ever consider how these work in local contexts and across diverse cultural and ethical structures? Do human rights agendas address the problems many people face, or are they more often the imposition of Western values onto largely non-Western communities?
Human Rights in a Global Perspective develops a social critique of rights agendas. It provides an understanding of how rights discussions and institutions can construct certain types of subjects such as victims and perpetrators, and certain types of act, such as common crimes and crimes against humanity. Using examples from the United States, Europe, India and South Africa, the authors restore the social dimension to rights processes and suggest some ethical alternatives to current practice.

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