Anthropology | The Anth of Human Rights
E474 | 31098 | Sterling


Anthropologists have been increasingly concerned with the conflict
between “cultural relativist” respect for local culture and the notion
of “universal” human rights. With this key issue in mind, “The
Anthropology of Human Rights” investigates the discipline’s
theoretical and practical engagements with global social justice. The
course examines a number of documents and theoretical texts central to
the development of the notion of human rights. In light of these
works, it explores several studies oriented around such historical and
contemporary human rights issues as colonialism and imperialism;
refugees’ experiences; indigenous people’s, women’s and children’s
rights; genocide; and development and corporate transnationalism. The
course supplements assigned readings with interdisciplinary,
documentary, and other material.