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Human Rights in Asia

A Reassessment of the Asian Values Debate

Editors: Kingsbury, D., Avonius, Leena (Eds.)

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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 since then. The chapters in this book contextualize the debate and examine in what ways the issues raised then continue to trouble Asian societies.

About the authors

LEENA AVONIUS is Senior Researcher, Renvall Institute for Area and Cultural Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland.

DAMIEN KINGSBURY is Associate Professor, and Associate Head (Research) of the School of International and Political Studies at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

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"Once in a while, a book comes along that takes an 'outdated' topic and shows it to be cutting-edge.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


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Avonius, Leena (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • Universalism and Exceptionalism in “Asia”

    Kingsbury, Damien

    Pages 19-39

  • Asia Values? Why Not, But How?

    Chen, Jau-hwa

    Pages 41-61

  • Human Rights from the Left: The Early Chinese Democracy Movement

    Paltemaa, Lauri

    Pages 63-82

  • Chinese Values and Human Rights

    Kent, Ann

    Pages 83-97

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Human Rights in Asia
Book Subtitle
A Reassessment of the Asian Values Debate
Editors
  • D. Kingsbury
  • Leena Avonius
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Leena Avonius and Damien Kingsbury
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-61549-6
DOI
10.1057/9780230615496
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-60639-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-37366-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 254
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