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Human Rights and the Arts: Perspectives on Global Asia (Global Encounters: Studies in Comparative Political Theory)

Human Rights and the Arts: Perspectives on Global Asia (Global Encounters: Studies in Comparative Political Theory)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781498506304
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Release Date: Mar 24, 2017
  • Pages: 278 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.04 x 5.85 inches

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Human Rights and the Arts: Perspectives on Global Asia approaches human rights issues from the perspective of artists and writers in global Asia. By focusing on the interventions of writers, artists, filmmakers, and dramatists, the book moves toward a new understanding of human rights that shifts the discussion of contexts and subjects away from the binaries of cultural relativism and political sovereignty. From Ai Wei Wei and Michael Ondaatje, to Umar Kayam, Saryang Kim, Lia Zixin, and Noor Zaheer, among others, this volume takes its lead from global Asian artists, powerfully re-orienting thinking about human rights subjects and contexts to include the physical, spiritual, social, ecological, cultural, and the transnational. Looking at a range of work from Tibet, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, China, Bangladesh, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Macau as well as Asian diasporic communities, this book puts forward an understanding of global Asia that underscores “Asia” as a global site. It also highlights the continuing importance of nation-states and specific geographical entities, while stressing the ways that the human rights subject breaks out of these boundaries.

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