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April 16, 2008

Classic article – Rhoda E. Howard’s Human rights and the culture wars

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There is a real danger that culturalist social movements will have
increasing influence in the twenty-first century. They may well join
with authoritarian governments of various kinds to suppress the
human rights movement as an inauthentic, non-indigenous, ‘Western’
cultural imposition. To argue this point, it is necessary to review a
series of debates about human rights that have been occurring since the
1970s. In discussing these debates, I will refer to culturalist reaction
because it is a more descriptive and less polemical term than funda-
mentalism or Barber’s jihad. In the end, the culturalist reaction against
the West could be one factor in a 21st-century war.

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