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Prisoners of Freedom: Human Rights and the African Poor (California Series in Public Anthropology)

 
 
 
 
Prisoners of Freedom: Human Rights and the African Poor (California Series in Public Anthropology)
Author: Harri Englund
ISBN 13: 9780520249240
ISBN 10: 520249240
Edition: 1
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2006-09-12
Format: Paperback
Pages: 260
List Price: $34.95
 
 

"This is an exceptionally interesting and well researched book on a topic of enormous importance. It brings careful ethnographic fieldwork to bear on the new 'culture of rights' that has developed in democratized post-colonial African states such as Malawi, and by doing so develops a powerful and consequential critique."—James Ferguson, Stanford University

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In this exceptionally rich and thought-provoking study of human rights fundamentalism in Malawi, Harri Englund makes an original contribution to debates on democracy, freedom, civil society, and poverty in Africa. His vivid ethnographic prose brings to life Malawian human rights activists, their expatriate benefactors as well as the urban and rural poor. This is a major contribution on a major topic."—Francis B. Nyamnjoh, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa