Gender and Culture at the Limit of Rights

In this interdisciplinary, international collection of original essays, distinguished scholars, lawyers, and activists probe the complex relationship between gender, culture, and rights. The authors offer thoughtful, provocative case studies to suggest that the power of women's rights is also the source of its limits.

Gender and Culture at the Limit of Rights

Dorothy L. Hodgson, Editor

2011 | 312 pages | Cloth $47.50 | Paper $24.95
Law | Anthropology
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Gender and Culture at the Limit of Rights
—Dorothy L. Hodgson

PART I. IMAGES AND INTERVENTIONS
1. Gender, History, and Human Rights
—Pamela Scully
2. Between Law and Culture: Contemplating Rights for Women in Zanzibar
—Salma Maoulidi
3. A Clash of Cultures: Women, Domestic Violence, and Law in the United States
—Sally F. Goldfarb

PART II. TRAVELS AND TRANSLATIONS
4. Making Women's Human Rights in the Vernacular: Navigating the Culture/Rights Divide
—Peggy Levitt and Sally Engle Merry
5. The Active Social Life of "Muslim Women's Rights"
—Lila Abu-Lughod
6. How Not to Be a Machu Qari (Old Man): Human Rights, Machismo, and Military Nostalgia in Peru's Andes
—Caroline Yezer
7. "These Are Not Our Priorities": Maasai Women, Human Rights, and the Problem of Culture
—Dorothy L. Hodgson

PART III. MOBILIZATIONS AND MEDIATIONS
8. The Rights to Speak and to Be Heard: Women's Interpretations of Rights Discourses in the Oaxaca Social Movement
—Lynn Stephen
9. Muslim Women, Rights Discourse, and the Media in Kenya
—Ousseina D. Alidou
10. Fighting for Fatherhood and Family: Immigrant Detainees' Struggles for Rights
—Robyn M. Rodriguez
11. Defending Women, Defending Rights: Transnational Organizing in a Culture of Human Rights
—Mary Jane N. Real

Notes
Bibliography
List of Contributors
Index
Acknowledgments