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What It Means To Be Human


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Joanna Bourke is a professor of history at Birkbeck College in London. Her book An Intimate History of Killing received critical acclaim, winning the Wolfson History Prize.


Bourke's critique of the concept of human rights opens an important debate on a complacent ideal - Observer - Philip BallProvocative, exhilarating . . . Bourke's intelligence is sharp, her language lively, and the cultural images striking - The Times - Iain FinlaysonWhat it Means to be Human ingeniously subverts assumptions of a clear-cut notion of ''humanity''. Bourke successfully undermines any complacency about absolute distinctions . . . Bourke deserves congratulations for bravely going where many historians would fear to tread. She also deserves many readers prepared to engage critically with the important issues raised by her quest to deconstruct ''being human'' - Times Higher Education Supplement - Sheila Rowbotham

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