Human Rights In Asia: A Reassessment of the Asian Values Debate by D. KingsburyHuman Rights In Asia: A Reassessment of the Asian Values Debate by D. Kingsbury

Human Rights In Asia: A Reassessment of the Asian Values Debate

EditorD. Kingsbury, Leena Avonius

Hardcover | November 17, 2008

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This book offers a critical reassessment of the "Asian values" debate, which dominated the human rights discourse in the late 1990s, and a reappraisal of the human rights situation in Asia sincethen. In this book Asian and non-Asian scholars contextualize the "Asian values" debate and examine in what ways the issues raised then continue to trouble Asian societies. Human rights are seen both in the context of political developments in individual Asian countries as well as in relation to global issues such as the Global War on Terror. The book challenges the reader to critically examine human rights rhetoric and practice both in Asia and globally.

Leena Avonius is Senior Researcher at the Asia-Pacific Studies of the Renvall Institute, University of Helsinki.  She received her PhD in anthropology at Leiden University in the Netherlands in 2004. In her PhD thesis she examined radical local responses to the political changes after the fall of the Suharto regime in 1998. In 2005-20...
Title:Human Rights In Asia: A Reassessment of the Asian Values DebateFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:November 17, 2008Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230606393

ISBN - 13:9780230606395


Table of Contents

Introduction--Damien Kingsbury and Leena Avonius * Universalism and Exceptionalism in 'Asia'--Damien Kingsbury * Asia Values? Why Not, But How?--Jau-hwa Chen * Human Rights from the Left: The Early Chinese Democracy Movement and Reconciling Human Rights with Marxism--Lauri Paltemaa * Chinese Values and Human Rights--Ann Kent * From Marsinah to Munir: Grounding Human Rights in Indonesia---Leena Avonius  * From Asian Values to Singapore Exceptionalism--Laurence Wai-Teng Leong * The Notions of Human Rights in Thai Context: Rhetoric or Substance on Asian Values--Naruemon Thabchumpon * Asian Values and Responses to Human Rights in Indonesia--Knut Asplund * Asian Values, Gender and Culture-Specific Development--Päivi Koskinen * Colonial Modernity and the Nation-State: Debates in Japan in the Post-Cold War Years--Mikako Iwatake * Walking the Line between ‘War on Terror’ and the Defence of Human Rights--Reetta Toivanen

Editorial Reviews

"Once in a while, a book comes along that takes an 'outdated' topic and shows it to be cutting-edge. Human Rights in Asia is just such a work. The contributors to this volume unite a profound awareness of historical context with commitments to comparative inquiry. Addressing key conceptual shifts as well as careful case studies from across Asia, Human Rights in Asia shows how any assumption that debates over 'Asian Values' ended in the 1990s is profoundly mistaken. Instead, these essays show how conceptions of human rights in Asia have been reworked in the wake of financial crisis, political transformation, and the geopolitics of the 'war on terror.' Those with interests in Asian Studies, human rights, and a range of other topics will find this volume invaluable."--Tom Boellstorff, University of California, Irvine