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The Politics of Justice and Human Rights

The Politics of Justice and Human Rights
Southeast Asia and Universalist Theory

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Part of Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies

  • Date Published: November 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521003476

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  • This book makes a major contribution to the theory and practice of human rights, engaging in particular with the "Asian values" debate. It is especially concerned with the tension between a universal regime of human rights and its ability to accommodate diversity. Incorporating original fieldwork from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, the book also draws out the significance of Southeast Asian developments for international human rights discourse. It is likely to become a definitive account of political discussions of human rights in Southeast Asia and an important contribution to the development of human rights theory.

    • One of the few books in this area to explicitly link theory with practice
    • Authoritative account of the real meaning and ramifications of the 'Asian values' debate of the 1990s, engaging with non-government elites
    • Presents a political theory of human rights and an innovative account of moral universalism
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    "The book is well-written and will appeal mostly to professional scholars of human righs and Asia and to laypersons with a keen interest in those topics." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521003476
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.408kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Asian values, state elites and human rights
    2. Critical evaluation of the Asian values discourse
    3. The real Asian values debate
    Part II:
    4. Human rights: political reality, philosophical problem
    5. Human rights as incompletely theorised argument
    6. The return of politics and human rights

  • Author

    Anthony J. Langlois, Flinders University of South Australia

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