Anthropology | Anthropology of Human Rights
E400 | 1234 | Sterling


Cultural anthropologists have been increasingly engaged in dialogue
over the tension between “universal” human rights and “cultural
relativist” respect for local culture.   Framed in these terms, “The
Anthropology of Human Rights” investigates the discipline’s
theoretical as well as practical engagements with global social
justice.  It examines a number of key documents and theoretical texts
in exploring anthropology’s contributions to the development of the
notion of human rights.  In light of these works, the course considers
a number of ethnographic case studies oriented around such historical
and contemporary human rights issues as colonialism and imperialism;
indigenous people’s, women’s and children’s rights; genocide; and
corporate transnationalism and development.  The course incorporates
literature and ethnographic films bearing on these concerns.  Course
requirements include regular attendance, completion of all course
readings, weekly response essays, and a research paper on an issue
generally relevant to the anthropology of human rights.