Quality circles and human rights: tackling the universalism and cultural relativism divide [Book Review]

AI and Society 27 (3):369-375 (2012)

The implementation of international human rights law has traditionally been undermined by the dichotomy between universalism and cultural relativism. Some groups regard human rights as more reflective of other culture’s and are unwilling to subscribe to them. One response to this is to enable groups to take co-ownership of human rights. Quality Circles based on institutions and technology, and the collaboration they encourage, provide one such means for doing so. What is required is for states to facilitate rather than undermine and censor these processes. Human Rights Quality Circles at different levels represent one way in which the cultural relativism and universalism division can be addressed, particularly in an ever-globalising world.
Keywords Quality circles  Teleology  Co-ownership  Universalism and cultural relativism  Human rights  Global Civic Quality Circles  Institutions  Social networking  Censorship
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DOI 10.1007/s00146-012-0379-1
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