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Negotiating Culture and Human Rights

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ISBN-10: 0231120818

ISBN-13: 9780231120814

Edition: 2001

Authors: Lynda Bell, Andrew J. Nathan, Ilan Peleg, Lynda L. Bell

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Negotiating Culture and Human Rightsprovides 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…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 2/22/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 442
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342

Lynda Bell is associate professor of history at the University of California, Riverside.Andrew J. Nathan is professor of political science at Columbia University and author of China's Crisis and China's Transition(both by Columbia).Ilan Peleg is Charles A. Dana Professor of Goverment and Law at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Human Rights and the Asian Values Debate
Introduction: Culture and Human Rights
Who Produces Asian Identity? Discourse, Discrimination, and Chinese Peasant Women in the Quest for Human Rights
Culturally Informed Arguments for Universal Human Rights
Getting Beyond Cross-Talk: Why Persisting Disagreements Are Philosophically Nonfatal
Western Defensiveness and the Defense of Rights: A Communitarian Alternative
Rights Hunting in Non-Western Traditions
Human Rights Law and Its Limits
How a Liberal Jurist Defends the Bangkok Declaration
Are Women Human? The Promise and Perils of "Women's Rights as Human Rights"
Re-Positioning Human Rights Discourse on "Asian" Perspectives
Rights Discourse and Power Relations
Human Rights and the Discourse on Universality: A Chinese Historical Perspective
Jihad Over Human Rights, Human Rights as Jihad: Clash of Universals
Universalization of the Rejection of Human Rights: Russia's Case
Ethnicity and Human Rights in Contemporary Democracies: Israel and Other Cases
Walking Two Roads: Reading Human Rights in Contemporary Chinese Fiction
Beyond Universalism and Relativism
Universalism: A Particularistic Account
Dedichotomizing Discourse: Three Gorges, Two Cultures, One Nature
Universal Declaration on Human Rights
Bangkok Declaration on Human Rights
Bangkok NGO Declaration on Human Rights
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women