Book Review: Stephen Hopgood, 'Keepers of the Flame: Understanding Amnesty International'

International History Review, Vol. 30, No. 4, p. 911, December 2008

Stephen Hopgood, KEEPERS OF THE FLAME, UNDERSTANDING AMNESY INTERNATIONAL, Cornell UP, 2006

American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2008-66

6 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2008

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Kenneth Anderson

American University - Washington College of Law

Date Written: December 2008

Abstract

This brief review (1100 words) examines Stephen Hopgood's half journalism-half anthropological journey inside the world of Amnesty International. The book is an outstanding piece of both reportage and analysis, and the review discusses the various pressures, political and ideological and social, on AI and those that work in its International Secretariat. As the review notes, AI is more like a religious order than anything else, and that observation has ramifications for the NGO world beyond AI.

Keywords: Amnesty International, human rights, nongovernmental organizations, NGO, multiculturalism, liberal internationalism

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Kenneth, Book Review: Stephen Hopgood, 'Keepers of the Flame: Understanding Amnesty International' (December 2008). International History Review, Vol. 30, No. 4, p. 911, December 2008 ; Stephen Hopgood, KEEPERS OF THE FLAME, UNDERSTANDING AMNESY INTERNATIONAL, Cornell UP, 2006; American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2008-66. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1300672

Kenneth Anderson (Contact Author)

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