Cultural Heritage in Transit: Intangible Rights as Human Rights (Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights)

Deborah Kapchan, Editor. 2014, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press

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Praise for Cultural Heritage in Transit


"This valuable, innovative, and coherent volume will add a complex and complementary dimension to discussions of human rights."

Donald Brenneis, University of California, Santa Cruz


Are human rights universal? The immediate response is "yes, of course." However, that simple affirmation assumes agreement about definitions of the "human" as well as what a human is entitled to under law, bringing us quickly to concepts such as freedom, property, and the inalienability of both. The assumption that we all mean the same things by these terms carries much political import, especially given that different communities (national, ethnic, religious, gendered) enact some of the most basic categories of human experience (self, home, freedom, sovereignty) differently. Order it here