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Prisoners of freedom : human rights and the African poor

Author: Harri Englund
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2006.
Series: California series in public anthropology, 14.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this vivid ethnography, Harri Englund investigates how ideas of freedom impede struggles against poverty and injustice in emerging democracies. Reaching beyond a narrow focus on the national elite, Prisoners of Freedom shows how foreign aid and human rights activism hamper the pursuit of democratic citizenship in Africa. The book explores how activists, whose aspirations for self-improvement are pursued under  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Harri Englund
ISBN: 0520249232 9780520249233 0520249240 9780520249240 9780520249233 9780520249240
OCLC Number: 62341482
Description: xi, 247 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The situation of human rights --
Rights as freedoms --
The hidden lessons of civic education --
Watchdogs unleashed? --
Legal aid for abused labor --
Crimes of exploitation --
Human rights and moral panics --
Redeeming freedom.
Series Title: California series in public anthropology, 14.
Responsibility: Harri Englund.
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Investigates how ideas of freedom impede struggles against poverty and injustice in emerging democracies. Reaching beyond a narrow focus on the national elite, this book shows how foreign aid and  Read more...

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