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Debating Human Rights In China

Author : Marina Svensson
ISBN : 0742516970
Genre : History
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Drawing on little-known sources, Marina Svensson argues that the concept of human rights was invoked by the Chinese people well before the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, and it has continued to have strong appeal after 1949, both in Taiwan and on the mainland. These largely forgotten debates provide important perspectives on and contrasts to the official PRC line. The author gives particular attention to the issues of power and agency in describing the widely divergent views of official spokespersons, establishment intellectuals and dissidents. Until recently the PRC dismissed human rights as a bourgeois slogan, yet the globalization of human rights and the growing importance of the issue in bilateral and multilateral relations has grown. Thus, the regime has been forced to embrace, or rather appropriate, the language of human rights, an appropriation that continues to be vigorously challenged by dissidents at home and abroad.

Human Rights In China

Author : Eva Pils
ISBN : 9781509500734
Genre : Political Science
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How can we make sense of human rights in China's authoritarian Party-State system? Eva Pils offers a nuanced account of this contentious area, examining human rights as a set of social practices. Drawing on a wide range of resources including years of interaction with Chinese human rights defenders, Pils discusses what gives rise to systematic human rights violations, what institutional avenues of protection are available, and how social practices of human rights defence have evolved. Three central areas are addressed: liberty and integrity of the person; freedom of thought and expression; and inequality and socio-economic rights. Pils argues that the Party-State system is inherently opposed to human rights principles in all these areas, and that – contributing to a global trend – it is becoming more repressive. Yet, despite authoritarianism's lengthening shadows, China’s human rights movement has so far proved resourceful and resilient. The trajectories discussed here will continue to shape the struggle for human rights in China and beyond its borders.

Human Rights

Author : P. Peter R. Baehr
ISBN : 9041102108
Genre : Political Science
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Human Rights and Chinese Tradition, Xia Yong.

Confucianism And Human Rights

Author : William Theodore De Bary
ISBN : 0231109377
Genre : Philosophy
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In essays exploring the relationship of contemporary human rights doctrine to the teachings of Confucius and Mencius, this volume investigates concepts such as the individual in relation to the state; the notion of "rights" in ritual and law; and justice, constitutionalism, and intellectual freedom in Chinese and Western traditions.

The Chinese Human Rights Reader Documents And Commentary 1900 2000

Author : Stephen C. Angle
ISBN : 9781317457947
Genre : History
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Representative selections from China's twentieth-century human rights discourse, rendered into fluid and non-technical English. The documents are arranged chronologically, and each is preceded by a brief introduction dealing with the author and the immediate context. The book also includes a glossary in which translations of key terms are linked to their Chinese equivalents.

Challenges And Policy Programmes Of China S New Leadership

Author : Joseph Y. S. CHENG
ISBN : 9789629371364
Genre : Social Science
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This volume analyzes the new leadership’s perceptions of the challenges facing it, how it defines its priorities, builds up political support for its policy programmes and overcomes the resistance of vested interests. Attempts will also be made to evaluate its achievements so far. Published by City University of Hong Kong Press. 香港城市大學出版社出版。

China In And Beyond The Headlines

Author : Timothy B. Weston
ISBN : 9781442209060
Genre : Political Science
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In the third volume of this popular series, leading experts provide fascinating and unexpected insights into critical issues in today's China. They address such key topics as civil society, consumerism, environmental adversity, ethnic tension, the Internet, legal reform, new media and social networking, nationalist tourism, sex, and popular culture, as well the costs of urban gigantism, to portray the complexity of life in contemporary China—and how, increasingly, it speaks to the everyday experience of Americans.

Conceptual Gaps In China Eu Relations

Author : Zhongqi Pan
ISBN : 9781137027443
Genre : Political Science
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The contributors attempt to look into how China and Europe differently interpret political concepts such as: sovereignty, soft power, human rights, democracy, stability, strategic partnership, multilateralism/multipolarization, and global governance, to examine what implications of their conceptual gaps may have on China-EU relations.

Sino American Relations

Author : Professor Yufan Hao
ISBN : 9781409488996
Genre : Political Science
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More than thirty years have passed since the normalization of Sino-American relations in 1979. The United States and China are becoming more interdependent economically, yet at the same time, significant movement and improvements in Sino-American relations are constrained by major economic, security, political and other differences between the two countries. This volume analyzes current problems and issues in Sino-American relations in the context of regional and global strategic patterns and their historical development in the last thirty years. These problems and issues such as the international financial crisis, development of global reserve currencies, regional conflicts and competition for international domination have significant impacts on both world powers, and important implications to the world economy and politics.

Individualism In Early China

Author : Erica Brindley
ISBN : 9780824833862
Genre : Social Science
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"Contrary to common claims about the absence of individualism in early China and its supposed reification in 'the West,' both the Western and Chinese traditions have historically been characterized by diverse and constantly evolving attitudes toward the individual. This book serves as an important corrective to monolithic or essentializing accounts of early Chinese thought, and the narrative concerning the evolution of the concept of the individual in early China is an interesting and novel one. It will appeal widely to people working on early Chinese thought and comparative religion more broadly."ùEdward Slingerland, University of British Columbia "There is a great deal of resistance to the very applicability of the concept of individualism in early China. In this impressively ambitious project, Erica Brindley succeeds in deploying the concept to the understanding of early Chinese thought. In exploring the emergence of and response to distinctively Chinese forms of individuals, she puts some familiar and major texts in a surprising light as part of an overall dynamic. One of the significant lessons of this book is that there is a variety of ways to conceive of and value the individual."ùDavid Wong, Duke University Conventional wisdom has it that the concept of individualism was absent in early China. In this uncommon study of the self and human agency in ancient China, Erica Fox Brindley provides an important corrective to this view and persuasively argues with intriguing results that an idea of individualism can be applied to the study of early Chinese thought and politics. She introduces the development of ideological and religious beliefs that link universal, cosmic authority to the individual in ways that may be referred to as individualistic and illustrates how these evolved alongside and potentially helped contribute to larger sociopolitical changes of the time, such as the centralization of political authority and the growth in the social mobility of the educated elite class. Starting with the writings of the early Mohists (fourth century BCE), Brindley analyzes many of the major works through the early second century BCE by Laozi, Mencius, Zhuangzi, Xunzi, and Han Feizi, as well as anonymous authors of both received and excavated texts. Changing notions of human agency affected prevailing attitudes toward the self as individualùin particular, the onset of ideals that stressed the power and authority of the individual, either as a conformist agent in relation to a larger whole or as an individualistic agent endowed with inalienable cosmic powers and authorities. She goes on to show how distinctly internal (individualistic), external (institutionalized), or mixed (syncretic) approaches to self-cultivation and state control emerged in response to such ideals. In her exploration of the nature of early Chinese individualism and the various theories for and against it, she reveals the ways in which authors innovatively adapted new theories on individual power to the needs of the burgeoning imperial state. With clarity and force, Individualism in Early China illuminates the importance of the individual in Chinese culture. By focusing on what is unique about early Chinese thinking on this topic, it gives readers a means of understanding particular "Chinese" discussions of and respect for the self.

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