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An Eye on the Other. On Human Rights
An Eye on the Other. On Human Rights

Author(s): Alicja Węcławiak
Subject(s): Cultural history, Photography, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), Present Times (2010 - today)
Published by: Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza
Keywords: the Other; human rights; cultural studies;

Summary/Abstract: The aim of the study is to show the role of culture in constructing human rights and translating them from theory to practice. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Western world seemed to unite, the differences between the developing West and the East that had been functioning behind the Iron Curtain, began to disappear. However, on September 11, 2001 new problems and cultural differences revealed themselves. It became clear, that - despite globalization - the world is not becoming the same. There are divisions that exclude security, so important for maintaining the status quo. Human rights established after the Second World War function well only in theory, and in practice there are many examples that question the effectiveness of these laws. One of them is the current refugee crisis. The article shows the role of art, and more specifically reportage photography, which is giving the voice to the Other, who needs help and can effectively speak to the social worlds, bringing the history of a particular person/group closer, revealing what connects us culturally.

  • Issue Year: 3/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 157-173
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English