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Prisoners of Freedom: Human Rights and the African Poor - California Series in Public Anthropology 14 (Paperback)
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Prisoners of Freedom: Human Rights and the African Poor - California Series in Public Anthropology 14 (Paperback)

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Paperback 260 Pages / Published: 25/08/2006
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In this vivid ethnography, Harri Englund investigates how ideas of freedom impede struggles against poverty and injustice in emerging democracies. Reaching beyond a narrow focus on the national elite, "Prisoners of Freedom" shows how foreign aid and human rights activism hamper the pursuit of democratic citizenship in Africa. The book explores how activists' aspirations of self-improvement, pursued under harsh economic conditions, find in the human rights discourse a new means to distinguish oneself from the poor masses. Among expatriates, the emphasis on abstract human rights avoids confrontations with the political and business elites. Drawing on long-term research among the Malawian poor, Englund brings to life the personal circumstances of Malawian human rights activists, their expatriate benefactors, and the urban and rural poor as he develops a fresh perspective on freedom - one that recognizes the significance of debt, obligation, and civil virtues.

Publisher: University of California Press
ISBN: 9780520249240
Number of pages: 260
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm

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