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
6 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2008
Date Written: December 2008
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
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