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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?

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Section I. General Issues of a Cross-Cultural Approach to Human Rights
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. 1. Toward a Cross-Cultural Approach to Defining International Standards of Human Rights: The Meaning of Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  2. pp. 19-43
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  1. 2. Cultural Foundations for the International Protection of Human Rights
  2. pp. 44-64
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  1. 3. Making a Goddess of Democracy from Loose Sand: Thoughts on Human Rights in the People's Republic of China
  2. pp. 65-80
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  1. 4. Dignity, Community, and Human Rights
  2. pp. 81-102
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  1. Section II. Problems and Prospects of Alternative Cultural Interpretation
  2. pp. 103-104
  1. 5. Postliberal Strands in Western Human Rights Theory: Personalist-Communitarian Perspectives
  2. pp. 105-132
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  1. 6. Should Communities Have Rights? Reflections on Liberal Individualism
  2. pp. 133-161
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  1. 7. A Marxian Approach to Human Rights
  2. pp. 162-187
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  1. Section III. Regional and Indigenous Cultural Perspectives on Human Rights
  2. pp. 189-190
  1. 8. North American Indian Perspectives on Human Rights
  2. pp. 191-220
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  1. 9. Aboriginal Communities, Aboriginal Rights, and the Human Rights System in Canada
  2. pp. 221-252
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  1. 10. Political Culture and Gross Human Rights Violations in Latin America
  2. pp. 253-275
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  1. 11. Custom Is Not a Thing, It Is a Path: Reflections on the Brazilian Indian Case
  2. pp. 276-294
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  1. 12. Cultural Legitimacy in the Formulation and Implementation of Human Rights Law and Policy in Australia
  2. pp. 295-338
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  1. 13. Considering Gender: Are Human Rights for Women, Too? An Australian Case
  2. pp. 340-362
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  1. 14. Right to Self-Determination: A Basic Human Right Concerning Cultural Survival. The Case of the Sami and the Scandinavian State
  2. pp. 364-384
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  1. Section IV. Prospects for a Cross-Cultural Approach to Human Rights
  2. pp. 385-386
  1. 15. Prospects for Research on the Cultural Legitimacy of Human Rights: The Cases of Liberalism and Marxism
  2. pp. 387-426
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 427-436
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 437-461
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 463-467
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780812200195
Related ISBN
9780812215687
MARC Record
OCLC
44959509
Pages
488
Launched on MUSE
2011-07-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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