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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: April 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521628839

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  • Anthony Woodiwiss's pathbreaking book was the first substantive contribution to a sociology of human rights. In it, he takes up the question of whether so-called Asian values are compatible with human rights discourse and argues against human rights issues being the major obstacle to East-West co-operation. Dr Woodiwiss's sociological and post-structuralist approach to the concept of rights, and his incorporation of the transnational dimension into sociological theory, enable him to demonstrate how the global human rights regime can accommodate Asian patriarchalism, while Pacific Asia is itself adapting by means of what he calls 'enforceable benevolence'. His studies of Hong Kong, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore highlight similarities between Pacific-Asian and Western societies and offer a positive view of the social forces obtaining in these territories.

    • 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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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 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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