Human Rights: An Anthropological Reader
October 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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"Goodale has an apt sense of what is important and what has yet to be done in the anthropological encounter with human rights ... .The book raises valuable questions not only about human rights but ultimately about cultural relativism, the concept of culture, and the practice and future of anthropology itself." (Academici, April 2009)
"The book draws on a range of intellectual and methodological approaches to explore both the ambiguities and potential of the postwar human rights project." (Law & Social Inquiry, Spring 2009)"With this volume, Goodale defines the parameters of an exciting area of emergent inquiry and enables us to put the study of human rights at the centre of curricula in both anthropology and law and society. It is an inspiring primer for those new to the field."
–Rosemary Coombe, York University
"Critical in its dialogue with neighbouring disciplines, empirically grounded and self-reflexive, imbued with a keen sense of history and an awareness of the dilemmas facing academics and activists alike in the field of human rights, this remarkable collection brings together some of the best recent scholarship in anthropology on the subject."
–Shalini Randeria, University of Zurich
"This excellent volume offers at once a wide-ranging and an acutely critical take on a topic of increasing global significance."
–John Comaroff, University of Chicago
"No praise is high enough for this astonishing anthology, which brings some rare gifts towards a renewed understanding of human rights from the platforms of critical anthropology."
–Upendra Baxi, University of Warwick
"This is a spectacularly valuable and enlightening anthology… The collection really is essential reading for anyone seriously interested in a deeper understanding of the challenges and pitfalls of promoting human rights."
–Philip Alston, New York University School of Law