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The Resource Human rights : a political and cultural critique, Makau Mutua

Human rights : a political and cultural critique, Makau Mutua

Label
Human rights : a political and cultural critique
Title
Human rights
Title remainder
a political and cultural critique
Statement of responsibility
Makau Mutua
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1948 the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and with it a profusion of norms, processes, and institutions to define, promote, and protect human rights. Today virtually every cause seeks to cloak itself in the righteous language of rights. But even so, this universal reliance on the rights idiom has not succeeded in creating common ground and deep agreement as to the scope, content, and philosophical bases for human rights. Makau Mutua argues that the human rights enterprise inappropriately presents itself as a guarantor of eternal truths without which human civilization is impossible. Mutua contends that in fact the human rights corpus, though well meaning, is a Eurocentric construct for the reconstitution of non-Western societies and peoples with a set of culturally biased norms and practices. Mutua maintains that if the human rights movement is to succeed, it must move away from Eurocentrism as a civilizing crusade and attack on non-European peoples. Only a genuine multicultural approach to human rights can make it truly universal. Indigenous, non-European traditions of Asia, Africa, the Pacific, and the Americas must be deployed to deconstruct--and to reconstruct--a universal bundle of rights that all human societies can claim as theirs
Member of
Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mutua, Makau
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Pennsylvania studies in human rights
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Human rights
  • Democratization
  • Civil society
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • Civil society
  • Democratization
  • Human rights
Label
Human rights : a political and cultural critique, Makau Mutua
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • ""Cover""; ""Title""; ""Copyright""; ""Contents""; ""Preface""; ""Introduction""; ""1 Human Rights as a Metaphor""; ""The Metaphor of Human Rights""; ""The Grand Narrative of Human Rights""; ""The Metaphor of the Savage""; ""The Metaphor of the Victim""; ""The Metaphor of the Savior""; ""2 Human Rights as an Ideology""; ""The Authors of Human Rights""; ""A Holy Trinity: Liberalism, Democracy, and Human Rights""; ""The Conventional Doctrinalists""; ""The Conceptualizers""; ""The Cultural Pluralists""; ""Political Strategists and Instrumentalists""
  • ""3 Human Rights and the African Fingerprint""""Africa in a Rights Universe""; ""Human Rights in Precolonial Africa""; ""The Dialectic of Rights and Duties""; ""The Duty/Rights Conception""; ""Whither Africa?""; ""4 Human Rights, Religion, and Proselytism""; ""The Problem of Religious Rights""; ""Demonizing the ""Other""""; ""Proselytization in Africa""; ""The Legal Invisibility of Indigenous Religions""; ""Ideals Versus Realities""; ""The Moral Equivalency of Cultures""; ""5 The African State, Human Rights, and Religion""; ""Religion and African Statehood""; ""Identity Disorientation""
  • ""The Culture of Silence and Postcolonialism""""Counterpenetration as a Farce""; ""Benin Returns to Its Roots""; ""6 The Limits of Rights Discourse""; ""South Africa: The Human Rights State""; ""The Rights Framework as an ANC Strategy: A Snapshot of Apartheid""; ""The Evolution of a Rights Approach""; ""The Compromise of the Interim Constitution""; ""The 1996 Constitution as a Normative Continuum""; ""The ANC's Gradualist Rights Approach""; ""Land Reform as a Central Plank of the Struggle""; ""Women in Post-Apartheid South Africa""; ""The Status and Orientation of Post-Apartheid Courts""
  • ""Humanizing the Instruments of Coercion""""Rights Discourse-Not a Panacea""; ""Conclusion""; ""Notes""; ""Index""; ""Acknowledgments""
Control code
ocn859160657
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 252 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812220490
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.9783/9780812204155
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt36q810
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859160657
Label
Human rights : a political and cultural critique, Makau Mutua
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • ""Cover""; ""Title""; ""Copyright""; ""Contents""; ""Preface""; ""Introduction""; ""1 Human Rights as a Metaphor""; ""The Metaphor of Human Rights""; ""The Grand Narrative of Human Rights""; ""The Metaphor of the Savage""; ""The Metaphor of the Victim""; ""The Metaphor of the Savior""; ""2 Human Rights as an Ideology""; ""The Authors of Human Rights""; ""A Holy Trinity: Liberalism, Democracy, and Human Rights""; ""The Conventional Doctrinalists""; ""The Conceptualizers""; ""The Cultural Pluralists""; ""Political Strategists and Instrumentalists""
  • ""3 Human Rights and the African Fingerprint""""Africa in a Rights Universe""; ""Human Rights in Precolonial Africa""; ""The Dialectic of Rights and Duties""; ""The Duty/Rights Conception""; ""Whither Africa?""; ""4 Human Rights, Religion, and Proselytism""; ""The Problem of Religious Rights""; ""Demonizing the ""Other""""; ""Proselytization in Africa""; ""The Legal Invisibility of Indigenous Religions""; ""Ideals Versus Realities""; ""The Moral Equivalency of Cultures""; ""5 The African State, Human Rights, and Religion""; ""Religion and African Statehood""; ""Identity Disorientation""
  • ""The Culture of Silence and Postcolonialism""""Counterpenetration as a Farce""; ""Benin Returns to Its Roots""; ""6 The Limits of Rights Discourse""; ""South Africa: The Human Rights State""; ""The Rights Framework as an ANC Strategy: A Snapshot of Apartheid""; ""The Evolution of a Rights Approach""; ""The Compromise of the Interim Constitution""; ""The 1996 Constitution as a Normative Continuum""; ""The ANC's Gradualist Rights Approach""; ""Land Reform as a Central Plank of the Struggle""; ""Women in Post-Apartheid South Africa""; ""The Status and Orientation of Post-Apartheid Courts""
  • ""Humanizing the Instruments of Coercion""""Rights Discourse-Not a Panacea""; ""Conclusion""; ""Notes""; ""Index""; ""Acknowledgments""
Control code
ocn859160657
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 252 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812220490
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.9783/9780812204155
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt36q810
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859160657

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