Cultural Transformation And Human Rights In Africa

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The authors of this volume seek to contribute to the clarification of the very difficult conceptual and practical questions surrounding the legitimization and permanent protection of human rights in non-Western cultural contexts, specifically in this case in Africa. The contributors try to clarify thinking about what ought to constitute human rights in an African context as well as strategies for realizing them within communities and countries. These issues are particularly contentious when the specific point at ...

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Overview

The authors of this volume seek to contribute to the clarification of the very difficult conceptual and practical questions surrounding the legitimization and permanent protection of human rights in non-Western cultural contexts, specifically in this case in Africa. The contributors try to clarify thinking about what ought to constitute human rights in an African context as well as strategies for realizing them within communities and countries. These issues are particularly contentious when the specific point at issue is the promotion and protection of economic, social and cultural rights, and even more so in relation to the rights of women.

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Seeking to aid the formulation of policy recommendations and law reform proposals promoting human rights in African societies, eight articles explore relationships between religion, law, and human rights in African cultures. Presented by An-Na'im (law, Emory U.), the articles are founded in the concept that human rights should be rooted in the transformation of concepts and realities already present in local cultures. Among the topics are a suggestion that the term "cultural relativism" is actually perpetuated by ethnocentric Westerners who resist a multi-cultural human rights corpus, a view of the struggle of women as being a core of the struggle for an equitable society, and examinations of land tenure regimes as structural dimensions of cultural transformations. Distributed by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842770917
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Abdullah A. An-Na'im is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction—Abdullahi A. An-Na'im
Part I: The Cultural Transformation
• Cultural Transformation and Human Rights in African Societies—Abdullahi A. An-Na'im & Jeffrey Hammond
• Human Rights and Cultural Branding: Who Speaks and How—Martin Chanock *Part II: Rights and Culture
• The Banjul Charter: The Case for an African Cultural Fingerprint—Makau Mutua
• Mediating Culture and Human Rights in Favour of Land Rights for Women in Africa: A Framework for Community-Legal Action—Florence Butegwa
• Are Local Norms and Practices Fences or Pathways? The Example of Women's Property Rights—Celestine Nyamu-Musembi
• Religious Revivalism, Human Rights Activism and the Struggle for Women's Rights in Nigeria—Hussaina J. Abdullah
• Contradictory Perspectives on Rights and Justice in the Context of Land Tenure Reform in Tanzania—Issa Shivji
• Effects of Land Tenure on Women's Access and Control of Land in Kenya—Akinyoi Nzioki

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