Culture and Rights: Anthropological Perspectives

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Jane K. Cowan, Marie-Bénédicte Dembour, Richard A. Wilson
Cambridge University Press, Nov 29, 2001 - Law - 258 pages
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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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Contents

Setting universal rights
27
Changing rights changing culture
31
Following the movement of a pendulum between universalism and relativism
56
Imposing rights? A case study of child prostitution in Thailand
80
Gendering culture towards a plural perspective on Kwena womens rights
102
Between universalism and relativism a critique of the UNESCO concept of culture
127
Claiming cultural rights
149
Ambiguities of an emancipatory discourse the making of a Macedonian minority in Greece
152
From group rights to individual rights and back Nepalese struggles over culture and equality
177
Advancing indigenous claims through the law reflections on the Guatemalan peace process
201
Rights as the reward for simulated cultural sameness the Innu in the Canadian colonial context
226
Index
249
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Page 1 - In the past few decades there has been a dramatic increase in negotiations between social groups of various kinds and political institutions, whether at the local, national or supra-national level, phrased in a language of 'rights'.

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About the author (2001)

Cowan teaches in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University College, Swansea, Wales.

Senior Lecturer in Law at the Sussex Law School, University of Sussex.

Richard J. Wilson is Professor of Law and Director of International Human Rights Law Clinic at American University Washington College of Law.

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