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About Sally Engle Merry

Sally Engle Merry is Silver Professor of Anthropology at New York University and faculty Co-director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law. Her research interests include anthropology of law; human rights; gender and race; forms of governance; audit culture, and governmentality. She is the author most recently of Gender Violence: A Cultural Perspective (2009). Her forthcoming book regards indicators as a technology of knowledge used for human rights monitoring and global governance.

Articles by Sally Engle Merry

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Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy

Constitutional conventions: best practice

How big is the trafficking problem? The mysteries of quantification

Wildly different numbers circulate about the number of trafficking victims and modern-day slaves. Victims are hard to count because they are hidden and definitions are ambiguous, yet efforts to quantify them shape what we know and do about trafficking.

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