Moral Imperialism: A Critical Anthology

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Oktober 2002



In the controversy over female genital mutiliation Congress was quick to condemn practices throughout Africa and the Middle East and to take action criminalizing the practice domestically. Yet at the same time, it bluntly dismissed Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch when they pointed out human rights violations closer to home. The irony of the US's international condemnation of types of activities in which it engages within its own borders is not lost on Third World critics. This volume sets out to bring an international framework to the analysis of contemporary international and domestic legal, political and cultural crises. It explores the US's moral supremacy during a time of clear domestic shortcomings and asks whether insisting that other nations adhere to norms that derive from dominant US culture and history may harm societies - both within and outside the US - with radically different cultures and histories.


Berta Esperanza Hernandez-Truyol is Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor of Law at Levin College of Law, University of Florida. She is editor of Moral Imperialism: A Critical Anthology (NYU Press).


"Too much of the literature in human rights has been limited to a consideration of the detail of specific civil and political rights. This book breaks this pattern by introducing political, economic, social, and theoretical issues in a single volume. Moral Imperialism is an interesting and informative collection and should become part of any syllabus on the international protection of human rights." --Law and Politics Book Review
EAN: 9780814736135
ISBN: 0814736130
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2002
Seitenanzahl: 400 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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