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Public Justice and the Anthropology of Law - New Departures in Anthropology (Paperback)
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Public Justice and the Anthropology of Law - New Departures in Anthropology (Paperback)

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Paperback 270 Pages / Published: 21/10/2010
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In this powerful, timely study Ronald Niezen examines the processes by which cultural concepts are conceived and collective rights are defended in international law. Niezen argues that cultivating support on behalf of those experiencing human rights violations often calls for strategic representations of injustice and suffering to distant audiences. The positive impulse behind public responses to political abuse can be found in the satisfaction of justice done. But the fact that oppressed peoples and their supporters from around the world are competing for public attention is actually a profound source of global difference, stemming from differential capacities to appeal to a remote, unknown public. Niezen's discussion of the impact of public opinion on law provides fresh insights into the importance of legally-constructed identity and the changing pathways through which it is being shaped - crucial issues for all those with an interest in anthropology, politics and human rights law.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521152204
Number of pages: 270
Weight: 370 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'In sum, this is a provocative and important book that makes a significant shift in the way we understand human rights, moving from a law frame to one that emphasizes communication, the construction of broad systems of understanding, and the role of amorphous and unknowable public.' Sally Merry, New York University
'This is a highly original book, combining intellectual flair, historical insight and ethnographic knowledge of local indigenous rights movements, national government institutions and the international settings of global governance. Public Justice and the Anthropology of Law integrates both the social movements and legal aspects of human rights in a rewarding theoretical synthesis.' Richard Wilson, University of Connecticut
'This fascinating and unusual book carries ethnographic unboundedness to extremes.' Anthony Good, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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