Concepts, Contests, Contingencies
Publication Year: 2001
Published by: University of Michigan Press
The Unsettled Status of Human Rights: An Introduction
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"I believe and the American people believe," former President Clinton declared during a visit to the People's Republic of China, "that freedom of speech, association and religion are, as recognized by the United Nations Charter, the right of people everywhere and should be pro ...
Two Concepts of Self-Determination
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In a speech before a 1995 meeting of the Open-Ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Indigenous Peoples' Rights, established in accordance with the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Craig Scott appealed to a meaning of self-determination as relationship and connection, not the commonly understood sense of separation and independence. ...
Cultural Choice and the Revision of Freedom
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Liberals have a way of occupying the high moral ground while keeping the lower depths finely covered, moving convincingly from "causes" to cases, balancing theory and practice. What are the possibilities of maneuver in the midst of such fluency? Susan Okin's "Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?" ...
Durkheim Revisited: Human Rights as the Moral Discourse for the Postcolonial, Post-Cold War World
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At the end of the last century, Durkheim advocated something very close to human rights as the appropriate moral discourse for a modern society with a well-developed division of labor.1 Growing up in the aftermath of the failed social revolutions of 1848, at a time that historian Eric Hobsbawm has characterized as the"Age of Capital,"2 Durkheim ...
The Legal Protection of Human Rights in Africa: How to Do More with Less
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It may sound heretical for me as a lawyer to suggest that African societies may actually "do more" for the implementation of human rights "with less" reliance on the legal protection of these rights.1 My basic argument for this proposition is premised on a dilemma: the importance of legal protection of human rights, on the one hand, and the ...
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Page Count: 136
Publication Year: 2001