Ethics, Human Rights and Culture: Their Compatibility and by Xiaorong Li

By Xiaorong Li

Is it attainable, given culturally incongruent views, to validate any universal criteria of habit? Is it attainable to enforce human rights in societies with out incorporating the belief into their textile of tradition? Is it attainable for cultural groups to outlive within the modern international with no rights safety? This ebook addresses questions like those within the gentle of a creative and unique knowing of tradition.

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Uniformity in social learning is rarely a reality in any territorially finite community. g. when members resort to a common cultural heritage for solidarity, when they perceive outside discrimination against them as a group. Any attempt at understanding the role that a religion, ideology, or the myth of shared destiny play in social and political processes must take this external pressure for cultural unity into consideration. 26 The problem, as the anthropologist Jack Goody observes, is that the politically active tend to over-emphasize unity over internal fissures, Paradoxes of Culture 17 Actors generally define their culture in terms of the dominant political, linguistic, or religious units to which they owe affiliation, … presuming a bounded unity which is often problematic … .

There are often very specific codes of 32 Living with Cultural Paradoxes conduct that have been adopted and enforced by authorities or customary law in a traditional community.

168) Culture may not be possible without community. ’ (Kymlicka, 1995, p. 18) Kymlicka thus is able to use ‘culture’ to characterize aboriginal, first-nation, peoples in liberal states, which he defends as worthy of the liberal state’s protection because of their intrinsically valuable cultures. However, such a definition is limited in its application. Kymlicka’s ‘cultural’ community excludes too much. ’ Their own members often contest the communities identities. ) Meanwhile, such a definition of ‘culture’ as a special type of community may also include more than what Kymlicka may have intended, hence may defeat his purpose.

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