By Alison Dundes Renteln
Are human rights universal? Universalists and cultural relativists have lengthy been debating this question. In INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS, Alison Dundes Renteln reconciles the 2 positions and argues that, in the massive array of cultural practices and values, it's attainable to create structural equivalents to rights in all societies. She poses that empirical cross-cultural learn can exhibit common human rights criteria, then demonstrates it via an research of the concept that of measured retribution.
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS is a vintage socio-legal learn of the incompatibility and attainable reconciliation of competing perspectives of cultural relativism and absolute primary human rights. It good points prodigious examine and perception that has usually been brought up by way of teachers and human rights attorneys and activists over twenty years. initially released within the Sage courses' Frontiers of Anthropology sequence, the booklet is now to be had in print and booklet codecs from Quid professional Books. up-to-date UN organizational charts are incorporated in a brand new Appendix. The 2013 republication additionally provides a brand new preface by means of the writer and a brand new foreword by means of Tom Zwart, Professor of Human Rights at Utrecht University.
As Professor Zwart notes, "The publication triggered really a touch while it was once first released, simply because its writer requested many very important questions which had now not been raised prior to. She challenged the various normativist assumptions which characterised the field.... All these focused on human rights examine and perform owe a debt of gratitude to Renteln for scripting this pioneering book.... thankfully, this glorious publication, via its re-issue, will stay an important reference textual content for many years to return, to be loved by means of the following generations of scholars of human rights."
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS provides an strange blend of summary concept and empirical facts. Written in an available sort, it's going to curiosity students and scholars in political technological know-how, sociology, anthropology, peace experiences, cross-cultural examine, and philosophy—as good as human rights activists and the final studying public.
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