Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015
ANT 308 Anthropology of Human Rights
4 hours; 4 credits
An examination of the different ways in which anthropologists have approached human rights, from attempts to understand human rights – as most disciplines and advocates do – as abstract, codified principles, to work that takes human rights as an anthropological object, constituted by specific social practices and meanings. It examines how anthropologists have addressed human rights through a range of themes, from activism, the state and citizenship, truth and reconciliation to health care, child prostitution, the trade in human organs, in order to develop a critical sense of human rights as an anthropological object.
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