On Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights
By (author) Pheng Cheah
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Inhuman Conditions by Pheng Cheah
Book DescriptionGlobalization promises to bring people around the world together, to unite them as members of the human community. To such sanguine expectations, Pheng Cheah responds deftly with a sobering account of how the "inhuman" imperatives of capitalism and technology are transforming our understanding of humanity and its prerogatives. Through an examination of debates about cosmopolitanism and human rights, "Inhuman Conditions" questions key ideas about what it means to be human that underwrite our understanding of globalization. Cheah asks whether the contemporary international division of labor so irreparably compromises and mars global solidarities and our sense of human belonging that we must radically rethink cherished ideas about humankind as the bearer of dignity and freedom or culture as a power of transcendence. Cheah links influential arguments about the new cosmopolitanism drawn from the humanities, the social sciences, and cultural studies to a perceptive examination of the older cosmopolitanism of Kant and Marx, and juxtaposes them with proliferating formations of collective culture to reveal the flaws in claims about the imminent decline of the nation-state and the obsolescence of popular nationalism. Cheah also proposes a radical rethinking of the normative force of human rights in light of how Asian values challenge human rights universalism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674023949
(235mm x 155mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Pheng Cheah
Spectral Nationality, Paperback (December 2003)
In this volume, Pheng Cheah provides a rethink of post-colonial theory's discussion of the nation and nationalism. He suggests that the difficulties of achieving freedom in the postcolonial world indicate the need to reconceptualize freedom in terms of the figure of the spectre.
Grounds of Comparison, Paperback (October 2003)» View all books by Pheng Cheah
This volume includes essays on Anderson's themes and ideas by such scholars as Andrew Parker, Lydia Liu, Doris Sommer, Harry Harootunian, Partha Chatterjee, David Hollinger, and Marc Redfield. Of particular interest is a substantial new essay by Benedict Anderson, written for this volume.
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Author Biography - Pheng Cheah
Pheng Cheah is Associate Professor, Department of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley.
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