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International human rights, decolonisation and globalisation [electronic resource] : becoming human /
Shelley Wright.
London : Routledge, 2001.
xiii, 274 p.
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London : Routledge, 2001.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Wright's book is extremely comprehensive; its greatest strength is the wide range and depth of the literature from which she draws." Patrick Hayden, Victoria University of Wellington, Human Rights and Human Welfare
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Covering a diverse range of topics, case studies and theories, the author undertakes a critique of the principal assumptions on which the existing international human rights regime has been constructed. She argues that the decolonization of human rights, and the creation of a global community that is conducive to the well-being of all humans, will require a radical restructuring of our ways of thinking, researching and writing. In contributing to this restructuring she brings together feminist and indigenous approaches as well as postmodern and post-colonial scholarship, engaging directly with some of the prevailing orthodoxies, such as 'universality', 'the individual', 'self-determination', 'cultural relativism', 'globalization' and 'civil society'.
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This book provides a fresh perspective on human rights in international law. Emphasizing the need to move away from the traditional western male approach, the author discusses issues such as colonialism and perceptions of history, freedom of expression and intellectual property, self-determination and human rights treaties, the creation of boundaries, gender and militarism and the enforcement of rights.
Table of Contents
'A Civil Religion'
White Man's Rights
Witches, Slaves and Savages
Subjects, Soldiers and Citizens
Peoples of the Book
'Speaking Truth to Power'
Emerging Images
The Death of the Hero
Ghosts in the Machine
Becoming Human: Five Challenges
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