Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspectives

"All the contributions are interesting and, from their own different perspectives, throw light on the different aspects of the vexed question of human rights."—Political Studies

Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
A Quest for Consensus

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Editor

1992 | 488 pages | Cloth $32.95 | Paper $24.95
Law | Political Science
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
—Abdullahi A. An-Na'im

SECTION I.GENERAL ISSUES OF A CROSS-CULTURAL APPROACH TO HUMAN RIGHTS
1. Toward a Cross-Cultural Approach to Defining International Standards of Human Rights: The Meaning of Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
—Abdullahi A. An-Na'im
2. Cultural Foundations for the International Protection of Human Rights
—Richard Falk
3. Making a Goddess of Democracy from Loose Sand: Thoughts on Human Rights in the People's Republic of China
—William P. Alford
4. Dignity, Community, and Human Rights
—Rhoda E. Howard

SECTION II.PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS OF ALTERNATIVE CULTURAL INTERPRETATION
5. Postliberal Strands in Western Human Rights Theory: Personalist-Communitarian Perspectives
—Virginia A. Leary
6. Should Communities Have Rights? Reflections on Liberal Individualism
—Michael McDonald
7. A Marxian Approach to Human Rights
—Richard Nordahl

SECTION III.REGIONAL AND INDIGENOUS CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON HUMAN RIGHTS
8. North American Indian Perspectives on Human Rights
—James W. Zion
9. Aboriginal Communities, Aboriginal Rights, and the Human Rights System in Canada
—Allan McChesney
10. Political Culture and Gross Human Rights Violations in Latin America
—Hugo Fruhling
11. Custom Is Not a Thing, It Is a Path: Reflections on the Brazilian Indian Case
—Manuela Carneiro da Cunha
12. Cultural Legitimacy in the Formulation and Implementation of Human Rights Law and Policy in Australia
—Patricia Hyndman
13. Considering Gender: Are Human Rights for Women, Too? An Australian Case
—Diane Bell
14. Right to Self-Determination: A Basic Human Right Concerning Cultural Survival. The Case of the Sami and the Scandinavian State
—Tom G. Svensson

SECTION IV.PROSPECTS FOR A CROSS-CULTURAL APPROACH TO HUMAN RIGHTS
15. Prospects for Research on the Cultural Legitimacy of Human Rights: The Cases of Liberalism and Marxism
—Tore Lindholm

Conclusion
—Abdullahi A. An-Na'im

Bibliography
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Index