In the end, the book provides a forcefull call to enlist the nuanced tools of cultural anthropologists and others familiar with non-western law and politics in the service of a spirited defense of the continued political vitality and impact of universal rights law. Consequently, it is critical to examine the social, political, and economic context of knowledge production. In 2010, she was awarded the J. Is culture a system of norms, values and beliefs that facilitate societal integration? In the last few years, I have also co-edited three books that explore the technology of indicators and their relationship to global governance. Staley Prize for Human Rights and Gender Violence in 2010.
My current activities include editing a book series, the Cambridge Series on Law and Society, serving on numerous journal editorial boards, and contributing to the American Anthropological Association by chairing the Committee on the Future of Print and Electronic Publishing. I am also an honorary professor at Australian National University and received an honorary degree from McGill School of Law in 2013. Culture is not independent from institutional arrangements, political structures and legal regulations. At the global level, this is largely a technology of experts in rich countries which serves to govern the rest. A much-needed exploration of how local cultures appropriate and enact international human rights law, this book will be of enormous value to students of gender studies and anthropology alike. Since organizations and groups seeking to develop this kind of knowledge differ significantly in resources and expertise, however, their ability to generate and use such knowledge is quite different.
Measurement and ranking systems typically incorporate theories about social change that are embedded in their design but not explicitly described. Is it a system of traditions? She is the author or editor of fifteen books and special journal issues. Current Anthropology 56 3 : 435-6. Reprinted in Emily Schultz and Robert H. .
Los Angeles: Roxbury Publishing Company. By showing how local laws and habitual practices are compatible with transnational requirements, which is not always evident and needs to be constructed, they make transnational rules appear legitimate and acceptable to local actors and therefore make it easier for local actors to implement them. Comaroff, From Revelation to Revolution, Vols. A much-needed exploration of how local cultures appropriate and enact international human rights law, this book will be of enormous value to students of gender studies and anthropology alike. These books bring together the work of a wide range of scholars to examine the way indicators are created and used and the kinds of effects they produce. She thus accumulates impressive data on and understanding of both transnational and local culture and politics, as well as on their interaction in local and global spaces. The challengers instead mobilize cultural elements that are compatible with the global ideas of gender equality, respect for women and unacceptability of discrimination and violence against women.
International Human Rights in Context: Law ,Politics, Morals. Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition. Staley Prize for Human Rights and Gender Violence in 2010. Reprinted in The Anthropology of Globalization, 2nd edition. Edited by Sally Engle Merry, Kevin Davis, and Benedict Kingsbury. This book seems to be worth looking into for all scholars doing ethnographic research in transnational governance and its local unfolding.
Gender violence in particular, she argues, is rooted in deep cultural and religious beliefs, so change is often vehemently resisted by the communities perpetrating the acts of aggression. In the end, the book provides a forcefull call to enlist the nuanced tools of cultural anthropologists and others familiar with non-western law and politics in the service of a spirited defense of the continued political vitality and impact of universal rights law. Since this form of knowledge has a direct impact on the way publics understand the world as well as how policy-makers and others with governmental power make decisions, it represents a subtle form of power. Andre Gingrich, Eva Maria Knoll , and Fernand Kreff, eds. Some of her later chapters include case studies designed to investigate how human rights language becomes appropriated into a cause. Human rights law and the legal protection of women from violence are still fairly new concepts. In her book, explores how different actors — both state and nonstate, local and global — translate global norms associated with human rights and gender violence into practices in societies and communities where human rights are nonexistent as a concept and where gender violence is not defined in human rights terms, is considered a part of a national culture and protected as such.
Comment on Comments on Colonizing Hawai'i. In those cases, I liked the case studies themselves, but didn't feel like Merry's analysis of them was particularly on the nose. Her most recent book, The Seductions of Quantification: Measuring Human Rights, Gender Violence, and Sex Trafficking Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016 examines indicators as a technology of knowledge used for human rights monitoring and global governance. Disjunctures between Global Law and Local Justice 5. I hope this book will help other ethnographers studying the complicated space of local, national, regional, and international institutions and cultural circulation.
Uses stories, personal accounts, case studies and a global perspective to provide a vivid and engaging portrait of forms of violence in gendered relationship Taking an anthropological perspective, this comprehensive book offers a highly readable and concise overview of what constitutes gender violence, its social context, and important directions in intervention and reform. Wonderfully clear and engaging writing. Law and Society Review 38 4 : 861-866. Newbury Park: Sage Swidler, Ann. Its elements can be used as a resource to preserve the existing distribution of power in a society or in a community, in this case the power of men over women. American Ethnologist 41 1 : 1-16.