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Human rights : a political and cultural critique

Author: Makau Mutua
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania, ©2002.
Series: Pennsylvania studies in human rights.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"In 1948 the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and with it a profusion of norms, processes, and institutions to define, promote, and protect human rights. Today virtually every cause seeks to cloak itself in the righteous language of rights. But even so, this universal reliance on the rights idiom has not succeeded in creating common ground and deep agreement as to the scope, content,  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Makau Mutua
ISBN: 081223653X 9780812236538 9780812220490 0812220498
OCLC Number: 48557538
Description: xi, 252 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Human Rights as a Metaphor --
2. Human Rights as an Ideology --
3. Human Rights and the African Fingerprint --
4. Human Rights, Religion, and Proselytism --
5. African State, Human Rights, and Religion --
6. Limits of Rights Discourse.
Series Title: Pennsylvania studies in human rights.
Responsibility: Makau Mutua.
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Human Rights: A Political and Cultural Critique provides a bracing and controversial analysis of the scope of human rights and lays the groundwork for a multicultural and more universal understanding  Read more...


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"Engaged, sometimes passionate... Mutua's book is an inspiring one... Viewing the human rights commitment as a self-justifying crusade, he points toward an innovative direction of research."-Human Read more...

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