Human Rights&Ethics notes14

Human Rights&Ethics notes14 - November 17th 2010...

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November 17 th , 2010 PUBLIC ANTHROPOLOGY OR ACTIVISM? I. Richard Wilson on documenting rights abuses How to classify human rights violations? How to describe these? How and why do some deaths and other rights violations become the subject of human rights reports, but not others? - Language of neutral objectivity and the word “I” disappears. Abstract passive voice - Practical policy reasons for detached lawyer-like language? Makes it fact/truth. - Getting interpretation to write, asking people about a criminal action, why do they trust you? guy who was murdered; class of family mattered (wealthy) and the government did it vs. the military did it vs. someone shot him to take his money - Common criminals mimicked political killings to cover up that they were common criminals Many international NGOs assume as clean distinction between ‘the state’ and civil society’- state actors violate the rights of civilians. - Intersecting views and seldom the case of a unified state doing something to a particular civilian; say human rights are doing two different things (sanitized, clean, compelling narrative with beginning, middle, climax, but no end because that would
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2011 for the course ANTH 3531 taught by Professor Shepherd during the Fall '10 term at GWU.

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