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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Setting universal rights
Changing rights changing culture
Following the movement of a pendulum between universalism and relativism
Imposing rights? A case study of child prostitution in Thailand
Gendering culture towards a plural perspective on Kwena womens rights
Between universalism and relativism a critique of the UNESCO concept of culture
Claiming cultural rights
Ambiguities of an emancipatory discourse the making of a Macedonian minority in Greece
From group rights to individual rights and back Nepalese struggles over culture and equality
Advancing indigenous claims through the law reflections on the Guatemalan peace process
Rights as the reward for simulated cultural sameness the Innu in the Canadian colonial context

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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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