Human Rights in Asia

by Damien Kingsbury,

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  • 023061549X
  • 9780230606395
  • 9780230615496

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. 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.

  • Palgrave Macmillan; September 2008
  • ISBN: 9780230615496
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  • Title: Human Rights in Asia
  • Author: Damien Kingsbury (ed.); Leena Avonius (ed.)
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 023061549X
  • 9780230606395
  • 9780230615496

In The Press

"Once in a while, a book comes along that takes an 'outdated' topic and shows it to be cutting-edge.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

About The Author

Leena Avonius is Senior Researcher, Renvall Institute for Area and Cultural Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland. Damien Kingsbury is Associate Professor, and Associate Head of the School of International and Political Studies at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.