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Human Rights&Ethics notes6

Human Rights&Ethics notes6 - October 13th 2010...

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October 13 th , 2010 Critical Inquiries “What happens If we leave Afghanistan” – Time Magazine by Aryn Baker (woman’s nose cut/burnt off) - Need to use all means possible, including the military to stop things like this from happening - Laura Bush uses the same image in her post about Afghanistan - Censor death and harm in real life (controversial/gruesome/graphic), although not paid attention to in movies Sally Merry, ‘Demonizing Culture’ Her point: anthropologists by and large do not feel remorse or embarrassment about the 1947 AAA statement Why? Because as a discipline, anthropology does not stand for ‘tolerance without limits’ - She asks “where are these people?” and why they are not writing 1949 Dispute? Not about tolerance versus universal rights, but the extent to which all societies can be justly evaluated Critics of statement did not reject a relativist approach, they wanted a higher bar set for “civilized” societies different standards should apply for more civilized people The root of individual values? Not the sky, or God, or genes, but via a process of enculturation in a specific worldview - What does it actually mean to be a relativist? Today a static view of culture is the domain of transnational rights advocates, who often assume that some people’s cultural practices are a problem, and state authorities must erase these. - Basically say that culture is the problem CEDAW, Article 5 State parties should: “…modify the social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women, with a view to achieving the elimination of prejudices and customary and all other practices which are based on the idea of the inferiority of the superiority of either of the sexes or on stereotyped roles for men and women.” - How can any government make sure that other government does this?
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