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Globalisation, Human Rights and Labour Law in Pacific Asia

Globalisation, Human Rights and Labour Law in Pacific Asia

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  • Date Published: May 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521628839

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  • This pathbreaking book is the first substantive contribution to a sociology of human rights and takes up the question of whether so-called Asian values are compatible with human rights discourse. Using a sociological and poststructuralist approach to the concept of rights, and incorporating transnationality into sociological theory, Anthony Woodiwiss demonstrates how the global human rights regime can accommodate Asian patriarchialism, while Pacific Asia is itself adapting by means of what he calls "enforceable benevolence."

    • Offers a sociological theory of human rights
    • Shows compatibility of 'Asian values' and human rights, and highlights similarities between East and West
    • Includes case studies of Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "In excellent case studies of the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia, the author treats postcolonial paternalistic labor policies as a healthy form of `enforceable benevolence.' His study will contribute to greater appreciation of Asian values for a select audience of academics." Choice

    "...a particularly compelling illustration of the hybrid origins and diverse multiplicity of contemporary Asian modernities." Pacific Affairs

    "The major strength of Woodiwiss's Globalisation, Human Rights and Labour Law in Pacific Asia is his sociologically informed analysis of labor law regimes in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore." Braham Dabscheck, Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521628839
    • length: 330 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the 'clash' of civilisations' and the problem of human rights
    Part I. Against Relativism and Absolutism: Towards a Globally Enforceable Concept of Human Rights:
    1. Transnational sociality, sociological theory and human rights
    2. The challenge of pacific capitalism: from Pax Americana to The Japanese Way? Part II. Human Rights, Labour Law and Patriarchalism in Pacific Asia:
    3. The Philippines and mendicant Patriarchalism
    4. Hong Kong and individualistic patriarchalism
    5. Malaysia and authoritarian patriarchalism
    Singapore and the possibility of enforceable benevolence

  • Author

    Anthony Woodiwiss, University of Essex

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