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
Subjects: Political Science, Law
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