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Dr Kiran Grewal: The Socio-Political Practice of Human Rights: Between the Universal and the Particular

Institute for Social Justice Senior Researcher, Dr Kiran Grewal, has recently published her first book The Socio-Political Practice of Human Rights: Between the Universal and the Particular with Routledge.

This book examines discourses of rights and practices of resistance in post-conflict societies, exploring the interaction between the international human rights framework and different actors seeking political and social change. Presenting detailed new case studies from Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Kosovo, it reveals the necessity of social scientific interventions in the field of human rights. The author shows how a shift away from the realm of normative political or legal theory towards a more sociological analysis promises a better understanding of both the limits of current human rights approaches and possible sites of potential.

 

‘A ground-breaking book. Kiran Kaur Grewal’s original study, based on ethnographic methods, enables her to show how individuals and groups make use of human rights to challenge practices in their everyday lives. The book is a far-reaching contribution to key debates in the study of human rights over universalism and cultural relativism, law and politics, empire and self-determination.’ Kate Nash, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

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