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Debating Human Rights : Critical Essays from the United States and Asia - Peter Van Ness

Debating Human Rights

Critical Essays from the United States and Asia

By: Peter Van Ness (Editor)

Paperback Published: 3rd December 1998
ISBN: 9780415185073
Number Of Pages: 304

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Human rights debates can provoke strong reactions, particularly among people of different cultural backgrounds. The debate over Asian values and the use of human rights diplomacy are the most obvious manifestations of divisions between Asia and the West and reflect particular world views and historical legacies.
In this new book, scholars from the United States and several Asian countries debate fundamental issues such as 'Asian values', 'peaceful evolution' and cultural imperialism. Provocative and challenging essays analyse the debate between East and West, presenting critical perspectives on globalization and human rights diplomacy.
Debating Human Rights is an original contribution to a vital area of debate. It presents a uniquely wide diversity of perspectives on controversial issues and demonstrates how scholars and activists who view the world very differently can nonetheless move these debates forward in a search for common ground.

..."the book is a valuable source of enlightenment on an invaluable subject of human concern." -"Journal of contemporary Asia "In post-Cold War international Relations, there has been no more controversial issue in American foreign policy than how to advance the cause of human rights. Van Ness's "Debating Human Rights is a wide-ranging and provocative exploration of U.S. and international perspectives on human rights diplomacy and practice. By highlighting American and Asian differences on the 'Asian values' debate, Van Ness and his colleagues sharpen our understanding of the inevitable tension between power politics and human rights concerns. This volume is of considerable contemporary relevance in the context of the Asian financial crisis." -Richard Solomon, President, United States Institute of Peace "A major achievement of this book is to counter the often stated and over inflated distinction between 'Western' and 'Asian' sides in ongoing debates regarding culture and politics. The chapters are lucid, edifying, and provocative... [the book] is a marvelous contribution to the world-wide discussion on contemporary political values." -Ben Kerkvliet, Australian National University

Acknowledgements
Contributors
Introduction
Issues in Dispute From Human Rights to Human Dignity
The Human Rights Debate in a era of Globalization: Hegemony of Discourse
Asia as a Fount of Universal Human Rights
An Asia Perspective on Human Rights and Freedom of the Press
Humnan Rights in
East Meets West: Human Rights in
Developmentalism and China's Human Rights Policy
Human Rights as Identities: Difference and Discrimination in Taiwan's China Policy
Women's Rights
Reinventing International Law: Women's Rights as Human
Rights in the International Community
From Vienna ti Beijing: Women's Human Rights Activism ans the Human Rights Community
Human Rights and INternational Relations
Human Rights and Developmnent Aid: Japan after
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ISBN: 9780415185073
ISBN-10: 0415185076
Series: Asia's Transformations (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 3rd December 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.9  x 2.34
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1