Anti-Imperialism: Generating Universal Human Rights out of Local Norms

Ratio Juris 23 (3):289-310 (2010)
Benjamin Gregg
University of Texas at Austin
To counter possibilities for human rights as cultural imperialism, (1) I develop a notion of human rights as culturally particular and valid only locally. But they are an increasingly generalizable particularism. (2) Because the incommensurability of different cultures does not entail an uncritical tolerance of just about anything, but rather allows for an objectivating stance toward other communities or cultures, locally valid human rights have a critical capacity. (3) Locally valid human rights promote a community's self-representation and thus allow for diversity, rejecting the coercive (mis)representation of a community or culture as incapable of representing itself
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9337.2010.00456.x
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