Human Rights,Globalism and Cultural Values: Universality and the Nation State

Dr. John Betton
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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights created moral obligations for States that were signatories to it. The concept of universality has, however, clashed with arguments contending that local cultures will be affected by a value system that is not appropriate for differing cultures within Nation States. It is argued in this paper that this represents a misunderstanding of the universality concept and that, rather than being a threat to local cultures, universal human rights empowers them. The argument made against universal human rights is frequently made by those who claim to speak for those who are often allowed no voice within nationalist discourse. The rights of global citizens and the conflict lines within nation states are examined from a human rights perspective within the context of globalism. Examples of these conflicts are examined within different cultural contexts.

Keywords: Human Rights, Nationalism, Culture
Stream: Globalisation, Ethnicity, Difference, Identity, First Nations and Indigenous Peoples
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Human Rights,Globalism and Cultural Values

Dr. John Betton

Professor of management, College of Business Administration, University of Wisconsin -La Crosse

John Betton graduated with a doctorate from the University of South Carolina following twelve years working in Europe. He is Professor of Comparative Mangement Systems at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where he teaches classes in business and human rights as well as occasional courses in the environmental studies program. His research has appeared in The Academy of Mangement Review and Labor Law journal as well as more interdisciplinary publications such as Social Forces and Journal of Genocide Research.

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