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Negotiating Culture and Human Rights - Lynda Bell

Negotiating Culture and Human Rights

By: Lynda Bell (Editor), Andrew Nathan (Editor), Ilan Peleg (Editor)

Paperback Published: 22nd January 2001
ISBN: 9780231120814
Number Of Pages: 364
For Ages: 22+ years old

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"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

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Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Contributorsp. xi
Human Rights and the Asian Values Debate
Introduction: Culture and Human Rightsp. 3
Who Produces Asian Identity? Discourse, Discrimination, and Chinese Peasant Women in the Quest for Human Rightsp. 21
Culturally Informed Arguments for Universal Human Rights
Getting Beyond Cross-Talk: Why Persisting Disagreements Are Philosophically Nonfatalp. 45
Western Defensiveness and the Defense of Rights: A Communitarian Alternativep. 68
Rights Hunting in Non-Western Traditionsp. 96
Human Rights Law and Its Limits
How a Liberal Jurist Defends the Bangkok Declarationp. 125
Are Women Human? The Promise and Perils of "Women's Rights as Human Rights"p. 153
Re-Positioning Human Rights Discourse on "Asian" Perspectivesp. 197
Rights Discourse and Power Relations
Human Rights and the Discourse on Universality: A Chinese Historical Perspectivep. 217
Jihad Over Human Rights, Human Rights as Jihad: Clash of Universalsp. 242
Universalization of the Rejection of Human Rights: Russia's Casep. 258
Ethnicity and Human Rights in Contemporary Democracies: Israel and Other Casesp. 303
Walking Two Roads: Reading Human Rights in Contemporary Chinese Fictionp. 334
Beyond Universalism and Relativism
Universalism: A Particularistic Accountp. 349
Dedichotomizing Discourse: Three Gorges, Two Cultures, One Naturep. 369
Universal Declaration on Human Rightsp. 383
Bangkok Declaration on Human Rightsp. 390
Bangkok NGO Declaration on Human Rightsp. 395
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Womenp. 404
Indexp. 415
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ISBN: 9780231120814
ISBN-10: 0231120818
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 22nd January 2001
Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.59

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