Human Rights in Cross-cultural Perspectives: A Quest for Consensus (Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights)
By: Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im (editor)Paperback
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Human rights violations are perpetrated in all parts of the world, and the universal reaction to such atrocities is overwhelmingly one of horror and sadness. Yet, as Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im and his contributors attest, our viewpoint is clouded and biased by the expectations native to our own culture. How do other cultures view human rights issues? Can an analysis of these issues through multiple viewpoints, both cross-cultural and indigenous, help us reinterpret and reconstruct prevailing theories of human rights?
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory University and the editor of Human Rights Under African Constitutions, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Acknowledgments Introduction -Abdullahi A. An-Na'im SECTION I.GENERAL ISSUES OF A CROSS-CULTURAL APPROACH TO HUMAN RIGHTS 1. Toward a Cross-Cultural Approach to Defining International Standards of Human Rights: The Meaning of Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment -Abdullahi A. An-Na'im 2. Cultural Foundations for the International Protection of Human Rights -Richard Falk 3. Making a Goddess of Democracy from Loose Sand: Thoughts on Human Rights in the People's Republic of China -William P. Alford 4. Dignity, Community, and Human Rights -Rhoda E. Howard SECTION II.PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS OF ALTERNATIVE CULTURAL INTERPRETATION 5. Postliberal Strands in Western Human Rights Theory: Personalist-Communitarian Perspectives -Virginia A. Leary 6. Should Communities Have Rights? Reflections on Liberal Individualism -Michael McDonald 7. A Marxian Approach to Human Rights -Richard Nordahl SECTION III.REGIONAL AND INDIGENOUS CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON HUMAN RIGHTS 8. North American Indian Perspectives on Human Rights -James W. Zion 9. Aboriginal Communities, Aboriginal Rights, and the Human Rights System in Canada -Allan McChesney 10. Political Culture and Gross Human Rights Violations in Latin America -Hugo Fruhling 11. Custom Is Not a Thing, It Is a Path: Reflections on the Brazilian Indian Case -Manuela Carneiro da Cunha 12. Cultural Legitimacy in the Formulation and Implementation of Human Rights Law and Policy in Australia -Patricia Hyndman 13. Considering Gender: Are Human Rights for Women, Too? An Australian Case -Diane Bell 14. Right to Self-Determination: A Basic Human Right Concerning Cultural Survival. The Case of the Sami and the Scandinavian State -Tom G. Svensson SECTION IV.PROSPECTS FOR A CROSS-CULTURAL APPROACH TO HUMAN RIGHTS 15. Prospects for Research on the Cultural Legitimacy of Human Rights: The Cases of Liberalism and Marxism -Tore Lindholm Conclusion -Abdullahi A. An-Na'im Bibliography Contributors Index
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