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The Politics of Justice and Human Rights: Southeast Asia and Universalist Theory

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Overview

This book makes a major contribution to the theory and practice of human rights, engaging in particular with the 'Asian values' debates of the 1990s. It is especially concerned with the tension between a universal regime of human rights and its ability to accommodate diversity. Incorporating original fieldwork from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, the book also draws out the significance of Southeast Asian developments for the international human rights discourse. The book advances beyond the stalemate that the 'Asian values' debate has reached, developing an intermediary stance between the competing claims of universalism and relativism. Drawing on the work of Cass Sunstein and Chantal Mouffe, the theoretical contribution of the book will ensure its relevance to readers with a general interest in human rights. This book is likely to become a definitive account of contemporary political discussions of human rights in Southeast Asia and an important contribution to the development of human rights theory.
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"The book is well-written and will appeal mostly to professional scholars of human righs and Asia and to laypersons with a keen interest in those topics." Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521003476
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Series: Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The Asian Values Discourse 12
2 The Real Asian Values Debate 46
3 Human Rights: Political Reality, Philosophical Problem 73
4 Human Rights as Incompletely Theorised Agreement 100
5 The Return of Politics and Human Rights 125
Conclusion 159
Notes 174
Bibliography 192
Index 210
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