Constructing Human Rights in the Age of Globalization

Constructing Human Rights in the Age of Globalization

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Both human rights and globalization are powerful ideas and processes, capable of transforming the world in profound ways. Notwithstanding their universal claims, however, the processes are constructed, and they draw their power from the specific cultural and political contexts in which they are constructed. Far from bringing about a harmonious cosmopolitan order, they have stimulated conflict and opposition. In the context of globalization, as the idea of human rights has become universal, its meaning has become one more terrain of struggle among groups with their own interests and goals. Part I of this volume looks at political and cultural struggles to control the human rights regime -- that is, the power to construct the universal claims that will prevail in a territory -- with respect to property, the state, the environment, and women. Part II examines the dynamics and counterdynamics of transnational networks in their interactions with local actors in Iran, China, and Hong Kong. Part III looks at the prospects for fruitful human rights dialogiue between competing universalisms that by definition are intolerant of conradiction and averse to compromise.

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ISBN-13: 9781317473893
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 388
File size: 8 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction: Observing Human Rights in an Age of Globalizationix
Part I.The Struggle to Control the Human Rights Regime1
1.Who Owns Our Culture? Intellectual Property, Human Rights, and Globalization3
2.The Consequences of a Constructed Universal: Democracy and Civil Rights in the Modern State34
3.Reflections on the Intersections of Environment, Development, and Human Rights in the Context of Globalization55
4.Translating a Liberal Feminism: Revisiting Susan Okin on Freedom, Culture, and Women's Rights89
Part II.The Dynamics and Counterdynamics of Globalization111
5.The Politics of Culture and Human Rights in Iran: Globalizing and Localizing Dynamics113
6.Outside Actors and the Pursuit of Civil Society in China: Harnessing the Forces of Globalization145
7.Globalization and Human Rights for Workers in China: Convergence or Collision?178
8.Localizing Human Rights in an Era of Globalization: The Case of Hong Kong214
Part III.Setting the Terms of Debate: Pursuing Global Consensus237
9.The Challenges to International Human Rights239
10.Obstacles on the Road to an Overlapping Consensus on Human Rights259
11.Globalizing Cultural Values: International Human Rights Discourse as Moral Persuasion288
12.Suffering as Common Ground308
Conclusion: Reconstructing Human Rights in the Global Society329
About the Contributors339

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