Asian Values versus Human
Who is free?
Freedom House Rankings 2008 &
2014 17 (free; PR 1 + CR 1)
Mongolia 27 (free; 1+2)
South Korea 28 (free; 2+2)
ROC/Taiwan 33 (free; 1+2)
Formalizing Indigenous Rights
The United States &
Michael Browns Key
Can a contemporary group make a
claim of sameness with a disrupted
How to protect those who are
marginalized & yet also maintain a
free flow of information?
TURN TO LAW
3 ways to fix this:
Group consensual processes
Six HR conventions that review reports
Asks if law is leaning towards universal stds, is it depriving the local differences
Saying HR lawyers see culture as an ob
Prisoners of Freedom
What constitutes freedom for
those with material needs?
Post-Colonial Africa: freedom = freedom
from colonialism [liberation]
Post-Cold War Africa: outside aid depends
on recipients [states as well as private
groups] looking as if the
What Counts as Justice?
Liberian Forms of
How to empirically understand how
Liberian citizens both perceive and
First Liberian Civil War: 1989-1996
Second War: 1999-2003
At least 250,000 people died
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UNIVERSALISM AND CULTURAL RELATIVISM
PROVIDING CONTEXT TO UNOVERSAL CONCEPTS Culture and Rights chpt. 2 & 3
Outline debates in anthropology about universali
A RETURN TO CULTURE OR A SURRENDER TO UTOPIA?
PHILOSOPHICAL VS. POLITICAL?
Philosophical approach is conceptual, begins with an ideal outcome: Implies that any
deviation is necessarily a problem.
In both situations, counter arguments have been d