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. Human Rights at the Crossroads brings together preeminent and emerging voices within human rights studies to think creatively about problems beyond their own disciplines, and to critically respond to what appear to be intractable problems within human rights theory and practice. It includes essays that rethink the ideas surrounding human rights and dignity, human rights and state interests in citizenship and torture, the practice of human rights in politics, genocide, and historical re-writing, and the anthropological and medical approaches to human rights. Human Rights at the Crossroads provides an integrative and interdisciplinary answer to the existing academic status quo, with broad implications for future theory and practice in all fields dealing with the problems of human rights theory and practice.
Mark Goodale is Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Anthropology at George Mason University and Series Editor of Stanford Studies in Human Rights. He is the author or editor of seven other books, including, most recently, Mirrors of Justice: Law and Power in the Post-Cold War Era (2010, with Kamari Maxine Clarke), Human Rights: An Anthropological Reader (2009), Surrendering to Utopia: An Anthropology of Human Rights (2009), Dilemmas of Modernity: Bolivian Encounters with Law and Liberalism (2008), and The Practice of Human Rights: Tracking Law Between the Global and the Local (2007, with Sally Engle Merry). Professor Goodale is currently at work on two new books: the first is a study of constitutional revolution and radical social change based on research in Bolivia since 2005; the second is a set of essays that explore the role of moral creativity within the practice of human rights.
Acknowledgements ; Chapter 1: Human Rights After the Post-Cold War (Mark Goodale) ; Part I: Regrounding the Idea of Human Rights ; Chapter 2: Human Rights and the Politics of Contestation (Michael Goodhart) ; Chapter 3: Why Act Towards One Another "In a Spirit of Brotherhood"?: The Grounds of Human Rights (Michael J. Perry) ; Chapter 4: An Overlapping Consensus on Human Rights and Human Dignity (Ari Kohen) ; Chapter 5: The "Right to Have Rights" to the Rescue: From Human Rights to Global Democracy (Eva Erman) ; Part II: Human Rights and the Problem of the State ; Chapter 6: Prosecuting Human Rights Violations: Universal Jurisdiction and the Crime of Torture (Tobias Kelly) ; Chapter 7: Solidarity and Accountability: Rethinking Citizenship and Human Rights (Karen Faulk) ; Part III: Politics and the Practice of Human Rights ; Chapter 8: Whose Vernacular?: Translating Human Rights in Local Contexts (Daniel Goldstein) ; Chapter 9: Sacred Graves and Human Rights (Adam Rosenblatt) ; Chapter 10: Human Rights Monitoring and the Question of Indicators (Sally Engle Merry) ; Part IV: Confronting Pathologies of Power ; Chapter 11: The Paradox of Perpetration: A View From the Cambodian Genocide (Alexander Laban Hinton) ; Chapter 12: "Why We Care": Constructing Solidarity (Alison Brysk) ; Chapter 13: Historical Amnesia, Genocide, and the Rejection of Universal Human Rights (Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann) ; Part V: Reproduction in the Age of Human Rights ; Chapter 14: The Law's Legal Anthropology (Ronald Niezen) ; Chapter 15: Cutting Human Rights Down to Size (Harri Englund) ; Chapter 16: Acceptable Uses of People (Pheng Cheah)