Beyond Rights Talk and Culture Talk: Comparative Essays on the Politics of Rights and Culture

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These essays bring together comparative material from experiences as diverse as Tanzania, Nigerian, India, South Africa, and the US. They have the merit of illuminating vital tensions in a period of transition and contention: on the one hand, between individual freedom and culture freedom, and on the other between freedom and justice. By placing each in this worldly context, they analyze the politics of culture talk and race talk.

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These essays bring together comparative material from experiences as diverse as Tanzania, Nigerian, India, South Africa, and the US. They have the merit of illuminating vital tensions in a period of transition and contention: on the one hand, between individual freedom and culture freedom, and on the other between freedom and justice. By placing each in this worldly context, they analyze the politics of culture talk and race talk.

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African Studies Quarterly
A commendable work.
Indigenous Nations Studies Journal
Features essays that effectively grapple with various aspects of larger issues in the postcolonial legal culture war.
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Addresses problems like balancing an ethic of individual rights with the ability of everyone to actually practice their own culture or beliefs; the distinction between conflicts of interest and of rights; and the language of rights and of culture used to handle conflicts of interest. The seven essays by scholars in sociology, religion, law, and politics discuss situations in Tanzania, Nigeria, India, South Africa, and the US, placing both the language of rights and culture within the domain of power and privilege, asking when talk of rights is more like the talk of privilege, especially when usurping the rights of the poor. An excellent volume for a perspective on the international language of protest. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312234973
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/16/2000
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 0.75 (h) x 9.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors vi
Introduction 1
1. 'Culture' and human rights: orientalising, occidentalising and authenticity 15
2. Contradictory perspectives on rights and justice in the context of land tenure reform in Tanzania 37
3. Were the critics right about rights? Reassessing the American debate about rights in the post-reform era 61
4. State, community and the debate on the uniform civil code in India 75
5. Religious revivalism, human rights activism and the struggle for women's rights in Nigeria 96
6. Tensions in legal and religious values in the 1996 South African Constitution 121
7. The African customary law of marriage and the rights conundrum 136
Notes 149
References 158
Index 166
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