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Debating human rights : critical essays from the United States and Asia
Van Ness, Peter.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.
Physical Description:
xi, 291 pages ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1600 Lexile.

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JC571 .D337 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Human rights debates can provoke strong reactions, particularly among people of different cultural backgrounds. The debate over Asian values and the use of human rights diplomacy are the most obvious manifestations of divisions between Asia and the West and reflect particular world views and historical legacies.
In this new book, scholars from the United States and several Asian countries debate fundamental issues such as 'Asian values', 'peaceful evolution' and cultural imperialism. Provocative and challenging essays analyse the debate between East and West, presenting critical perspectives on globalization and human rights diplomacy.
Debating Human Rights is an original contribution to a vital area of debate. It presents a uniquely wide diversity of perspectives on controversial issues and demonstrates how scholars and activists who view the world very differently can nonetheless move these debates forward in a search for common ground.

Author Notes

Peter Van Ness is associate professor at the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, and research associate, Contemporary China Centre, Australian National University.

Table of Contents

Issues in Dispute From Human Rights to Human DignityChandra Muzzaffar
The Human Rights Debate in a era of Globalization: Hegemony of DiscourseNikhil Aziz
Asia as a Fount of Universal Human RightsEdward Friedman
An Asia Perspective on Human Rights and Freedom of the PressKishore Mahbubani
Humnan Rights inGreater China
East Meets West: Human Rights inHong Kong Linda Butenhoff
Developmentalism and China's Human Rights PolicyMichael J. Sullivan
Human Rights as Identities: Difference and Discrimination in Taiwan's China PolicyShih Chihyu
Women's Rights
Reinventing International Law: Women's Rights as Human
Rights in the International CommunityRadhika Coomaraswamy
From Vienna ti Beijing: Women's Human Rights Activism ans the Human Rights CommunityManisha Desai
Human Rights and INternational Relations
Human Rights and Developmnent Aid: Japan after