Human Rights Standards: Hegemony, Law, And Politics. Albany, ny: State University of New York Press, 2016. 243 pp.; hardcover, $29.17.Former University at Buffalo Law School Dean Makau Mutua has written a stimulating and penetrating book, Human Rights Standards: Hegemony, Law and Politics, which achieves its goal of expounding upon the history, inner-workings, and probable future of human rights from the perspective of the global south. Mutua, the suny Distinguished and the Floyd H. & Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar at the Law School avers laconically: “… I have written this book to critique the human rights movement for its normative shortcomings [and] also to hold out hope that it can be reconstructed as a medium for a fuller human liberation,” (p. vii). In retrospect, the strategy of this book augments and mimics some of the author’s earlier thought-provoking published seminal works, some of which are referenced in the note below.1This book is divided into seven substantive chapters, coupled with an impressive bibliography, and a very detailed index. The author’s overarching goal in producing such a publication is to tackle the issue of Eurocentric hegemony, as sometimes reflected in the sacrosanctity of western epistemology, over the discourse, development and implementation
African and Asian Studies – Brill
Published: Feb 27, 2018
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