Socio-centric societies have vibrant - albeit different - concepts of human flourishing than is typical in the individualistic West. These concepts influence the promotion of human rights, both in domestic contexts with religious minorities and in international contexts where Western ideals may clash with local norms. Human Rights in Thick and Thin Societies uncovers the original intentions of the drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, finds inspiration from early leaders in the field like Eleanor Roosevelt, and examines the implications of recent advances in cultural psychology for understanding difference. The case studies included illustrate the need to vary the application of human rights in differing cultural environments, and the book suggests a new framework: a flexible universalism that returns to basics - focusing on the great evils of the human condition. This approach will help the human rights movement succeed in a multipolar era.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.18(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.71(d)|
About the Author
Seth D. Kaplan is Professorial Lecturer in the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at The Johns Hopkins University. He is Senior Adviser for the Institute for Integrated Transitions and consultant to organizations such as the World Bank, United Nations, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. He is author of two books and over 100 articles, and is co-author of the landmark United Nations - World Bank flagship report, Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict (2018).
Table of Contents1. Introduction; 2. The UDHR: flexible universalism; 3. Cultural psychology's contribution; 4. Thick versus thin societies; 5. The limits of Western human rights discourse; 6. Case study: male circumcision in Europe; 7. Case study: Rwanda's Gacaca Courts; 8. Conclusion: a return to basics.