Table of contents for Human rights : a political and cultural critique / Makua Mutua.


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1. Human Rights as a Metaphor   10
The Metaphor of Human Rights 10
The Grand Narrative of Human Rights  15
The Metaphor of the Savage  22
The Metaphor of the Victim  27
The Metaphor of the Savior  31
2. Human Rights as an Ideology  39
The Authors of Human Rights  39
A Holy Trinity: Liberalism, Democracy, and Human Rights 44
The Conventional Doctrinalists  47
The Conceptualizers  56
The Cultural Pluralists  64
Political Strategists and Instrumentalists  67
3. Human Rights and the African Fingerprint  71
Africa in a Rights Universe  71
Human Rights in Precolonial Africa  74
The Dialectic of Rights and Duties  82
The Duty/Rights Conception  84
Whither Africa?  92
4. Human Rights, Religion, and Proselytism  94
The Problem of Religious Rights  94
Demonizing the "Other"  98








Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Human rights, Human rights Africa, Human rights South Africa