Negotiating Culture and Human Rights

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Februar 2001



Negotiating Culture and Human Rights provides a new interdisciplinary approach to issues of cultural values and universal human rights. Central to the discussion is the "Asian values debate," so named because of the culturally relativist ideals embraced by some key Asian governments. By analyzing how cultural difference and human rights operate in theory and practice in such areas as legal equality, women's rights, and ethnicity, the contributors forge a new way of looking at these critical issues. They call their approach "chastened universalism," arguing that respect for others' values need not lead to sterile, relativist views. Ultimately the authors conclude that it is less important to discover pre-existing common values across cultures than to create them through dialogue and debate


Part 1. Human Rights and the Asian Values DebateIntroduction. Culture and Human Rights, by Lynda S. Bell, Andrew J. Nathan, and Ilan Peleg1. Who Produces Asian Identity? Discourse, Discrimination, and Chinese Peasant Women in the Quest for Human Rights, by Lynda S. Bell
Part 2. Culturally-informed Arguments for Universal Human Rights2. Getting Beyond Cross-Talk: Why Persisting Disagreements are Philosophically Nonfatal, by Michael G. Barnhart3. Western Defensiveness and the Defense of Rights: A Communitarian Alternative, by Kenneth E. Morris4. Rights Hunting in Non-Western Traditions, by Steven J. Hood
Part 3. Human Rights Law and its Limits5. How a Liberal Jurist Defends the Bangkok Declaration, by Michael W. Dowdle6. Are Women Human? The Promise and Perils of "Women's Rights as Human Rights", by Lucinda Joy Peach7. Re-Positioning Human Rights Discourse on "Asian" Perspectives, by Sharon K. Hom
Part 4. Rights Discourse and Power Relations8. Human Rights and the Discourse on Universality: A Chinese Historical Perspective, by Xiaoqun Xu9. Jihad Over Human Rights, Human Rights as Jihad: Clash of Universals, by Farhat Haq10. Universalization of the Rejection of Human Rights: Russia's Case, by Dmitry Shlapentokh11. Ethnicity and Human Rights in Contemporary Democracies: Israel and Other Cases, by Ilan Peleg12. Walking Two Roads: Reading Human Rights in Contemporary Chinese Fiction, by Thomas N. Santos
Part 5. Beyond Universalism and Relativism13. Universalism: A Particularistic Account, by Andrew J. Nathan14. Dedichotomizing Discourse: Three Gorges, Two Cultures, One Nature, by Jennifer R. Goodman
Appendix A: Universal Declaration on Human Rights
Appendix B: Bangkok Declaration on Human Rights
Appendix C: Bangkok NGO Declaration on Human Rights
Appendix D: Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women


Edited by Lynda S. Bell, Andrew J. Nathan, and Ilan Peleg


"Rich and complex." -- International Affairs
EAN: 9780231120814
ISBN: 0231120818
Untertitel: Empfohlen ab 22 Jahre. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2001
Seitenanzahl: 364 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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