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Human Rights at the Crossroads

Mark Goodale


Since the end of the Cold War, there has been a dramatic expansion in both the international human rights system and the transnational networks of activists, development organizations, and monitoring agencies that partially reinforce it. Yet despite or perhaps because of this explosive growth, the multiple statuses of human rights remain as unsettled as ever. This book critically responds to what appear to be intractable problems within human rights theory and practice. The book includes chapters that rethink the ideas surrounding human rights and dignity, human rights and state interests in c ... More

Keywords: human rights, activist, development organization, monitoring agency, dignity, state interest, citizenship, torture

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199376414
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199376414.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Goodale, editor
George Mason University, Arlington, VA, Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Anthropology

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I Regrounding the Idea of Human Rights

II Human Rights and the Problem of the State

III Politics and the Practice of Human Rights

IV Confronting Pathologies of Power

11The Paradox of Perpetration

Alexander Laban Hinton

12 “Why We Care”

Alison Brysk

V Reproduction in the Age of Human Rights

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