9780520252837

Counting the Dead

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520252837

  • ISBN10:

    0520252837

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-10-15
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Summary

At a time when a global consensus on human rights standards seems to be emerging, this rich study steps back to explore how the idea of human rights is actually employed by activists and human rights professionals. Winifred Tate, an anthropologist and activist with extensive experience in Colombia, finds that radically different ideas about human rights have shaped three groups of human rights professionals working there--nongovernmental activists, state representatives, and military officers. Drawing from the life stories of high-profile activists, pioneering interviews with military officials, and research at the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva,Counting the Deadunderscores the importance of analyzing and understanding human rights discourses, methodologies, and institutions within the context of broader cultural and political debates.

Author Biography

Winifred Tate an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Colby College in September 2008

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Map of Colombiap. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Colombia: Mapping the Eternal Crisisp. 31
Solidarity with Our Class Brothers: The First Wave of Colombian Human Rights Activismp. 72
The Production of Human Rights Knowledge and the Practice of Politicsp. 107
The Emotional Politics of Activism in the 1990sp. 146
The Global Imaginaries of Colombian Activists at the United Nations and Beyondp. 175
State Activism and the Production of Impunityp. 215
Human Rights and the Colombian Military's War Storiesp. 256
Conclusion: The Politics of Human Rights Knowledgep. 290
Notesp. 307
Selected Bibliographyp. 345
Indexp. 371
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