Normal view MARC view ISBD view

The East Asian challenge for human rights / ed. Joanne R. Bauer, Daniel A. Bell

Secondary Author Bauer, Joanne R., 1962-
Bell, Daniel
Country Reino Unido. Publication Cambridge : University Press, imp. 2005 Description XIII, 394 p. ; 23 cm ISBN 0-521-64536-0
CDU 342.7(5)
Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. Log in to add tags.
    average rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
Item type Current location Call number Status Date due Barcode Item holds
Monografia Biblioteca Fernão Mendes Pinto
BFMP 342.7(5) - E Não requisitável | Not for loan 376222
Total holds: 0

Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The 'Asian values' argument within the international human rights debate holds that not all Asian states should be expected to protect human rights to the same degree. This position of 'cultural relativism', often used by authoritarian governments in Asia, has long been dismissed by Western and Asian human rights advocates as a weak excuse. This study moves beyond the politicized rhetoric to identify the more persuasive contributions by East Asian intellectuals. The editors argue that critical intellectuals in East Asia have begun to chart a middle ground between the extremes of this argument, making particular headway in the areas of group rights and economic, social, and cultural (ethnic minority) rights. The chapters examine the following areas: critical perspectives on the 'Asian values' debate ; theoretical proposals for an improved international human rights regime with greater input from East Asians; the resources within East Asian cultural traditions that can help promote human rights; and key human rights issues facing East Asia as a result of rapid economic growth.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface
  • Part I
  • 1 Introduction
  • Part II Critical Perspectives on the 'Asian Values' Debate
  • 2 A post-Orientalist defense of liberal democracy for Asia
  • 3 Human rights and Asian values
  • 4 Human rights and economic achievements
  • Part III Toward a More Inclusive International Regime
  • 5 Towards an intercivilizational approach to human rights
  • 6 Conditions of an unforced consensus on human rights
  • Part IV Culture and Human Rights
  • 7 The cultural mediation of human rights: the Al-Arqam case in Malaysia
  • 8 Grounding human rights Arguments in Non-Western Culture: Shari'a and the citizenship rights of women in a modern Islamic nation-state
  • 9 Looking to Buddhism to turn back Thai prostitution in Southeast Asia
  • 10 A Confucian perspective on human rights
  • Part V Economic Development and Human Rights
  • 11 Rights, social justice and globalization in East Asia
  • 12 Economic development, legal reform, and rights in Singapore and Taiwan
  • 13 Human rights issues in China's internal migration: insights from comparisons with Germany and Japan
  • 14 The anti-nuclear-power movement and the rise of rights consciousness in Taiwan
  • 15 The applicability of the international legal concept of 'Indigenous Peoples' in Asia
  • Notes
  • Tables

Reviews provided by Syndetics


This valuable addition to the literature on the meaning and development of human rights in the context of East Asia represents a significant exchange of perspectives between leading scholars from the region and North America. Through its 16 chapters, the book presents an insightful analysis of the multiple dimensions of the debate on the potential tensions between the current international human rights regime and the normative, social, and economic constructs of East Asia. Some of the topics dealt with include the religious foundation of regional human rights orientation; the rights of women, labor, and indigenous peoples; and the right to a clean environment. The frequent use of country studies to assess the degree of tension between regional and international standards adds significantly to the readability and relevance of the work. The resultant mixture of theory and cases studies makes the book of interest to a wide audience ranging from advanced undergraduates to faculty. At a minimum, this book should be part of the collection of research libraries. J. M. Peek; Centenary College of Louisiana

There are no comments for this item.

Log in to your account to post a comment.