Human Rights, Violence Against Women, Local, Global.


Drawing from ethnographic and historical data combined with document analysis, this article addresses two issues related to the mechanisms involved in localizing global human rights ideas: 1) the disharmony that may results when global ideas are concretized in the form of domestic laws and come in conflict with the ever shifting local rights consciousness and 2) the role of habitus in determining how human rights advocates respond to changing local rights consciousness. By examining the ways in which violence against women is addressed by a human rights commission in an Indian state, the disjuncture between local appropriations of global human rights ideas and the local rights consciousness is highlighted to reconceptualize the local-global continuum. By offering a socio-structural analysis of the localization process, we show how institutions that are set up to serve as channels that localize global human rights ideas can also act as impediments to the realization of human rights.