Globalisation, Human Rights and Labour Law in Pacific Asia

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Cambridge University Press, 30/04/1998 - 316 páginas
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.
 

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the clash of civilisations and the problem of human rights
1
Against absolutism and relativism towards a globally enforceable concept of human rights
19
Transnational sociality sociological theory and human rights
21
The challenge of Pacific capitalism from Pax Americana to the Japanese Way?
54
Human rights labour law and patriarchalism in Pacific Asia
85
The Philippines and mendicant patriarchalism
87
Hong Kong and patriarchalist individualism
143
Malaysia and authoritarian patriarchalism
185
Singapore and the possibility of enforceable benevolence
216
Conclusion
244
Notes
265
References
270
Index
304
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