Human Rights: A Political and Cultural Critique

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002 - 252 σελίδες

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.

 

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Περιεχόμενα

Human Rights as a Metaphor
10
The Grand Narrative of Human Rights
15
The Metaphor of the Savage
22
The Metaphor of the Victim
27
The Metaphor of the Savior
31
Human Rights as an IdeoIogy
38
Liberalism Democracy and Human Rights
42
The Conventional Doctrinalists
45
The African State Human Rights and Religion
106
Identity Disorientation
108
The Culture of Silence and Postcolonialism
111
Counterpenetration as a Farce
115
Benin Returns to Its Roots
118
The Limits of Rights Discourse
120
A Snapshot of Apartheid
124
The Evolution of a Rights Approach
126

The Conceptualize
52
The Cultural Pluralists
60
Political Strategists and Instrumentalists
63
Human Rights and the African Fingerprint
67
Human Rights in Precolonial Africa
70
The Dialectic of Rights and Duties
78
The DutyRights Conception
80
Whither Africa?
88
Human Rights Religion and Proselytism
90
Demonizing the Other
94
Proselytization in Africa
96
The Legal Invisibility of Indigenous Religions
99
Ideals Versus Realities
102
The Moral Equivalency of Cultures
105
The Compromise of the Interim Constitution
128
The 1996 Constitution as a Normative Continuum
131
The ANCs Gradualist Rights Approach
134
Land Reform as a Central Plank of the Struggle
136
Women in PostApartheid South Africa
138
The Status and Orientation of PostApartheid Courts
140
Humanizing the Instruments of Coercion
143
Rights DiscourseNot a Panacea
144
Conclusion
148
Notes
153
Index
231
Acknowledgments
245
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Makau Mutua is Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Center at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

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