American Studies | Colloquium in American Studies / Topic: Anthropology of Human Rights
G620 | 25018 | Marvin Sterling


(4 cr.) Jointly offered with ANTH-E600

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 a number of case
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 journalistic, documentary, and other material