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Human rights theory in women's human rights activism -- a feminist methodological approach to intra-cultural and cross-cultural universal human rights theory

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Across cultures, women's human rights have been not just violated but also unrecognized because the dominant local meaning of what it means to be a human differs with gender. Women's human rights activists and scholars have dealt with intra-cultural and cross-cultural variety in the development and use of the concept of human rights to promote the rights and development of women. They have used the examples of women's human rights violations to demonstrate the inseparability of political, civil, social, economic, and cultural rights, and they have challenged the dominant nondiscrimination human rights paradigm. I assess the effectiveness of their approaches for dealing with the problems of women's human rights recognition and violations. I offer an account of the implicit theory of women's human rights activism. Their theory is strategically effective and philosophically coherent and an appropriate alternative to foundationalist approaches to universal human rights without undermining the critical capacity of universal human rights as anti-foundationalist approaches tend to do. Informed by interdisciplinary inquiry, respectful of differences across cultures, and respectful of diversity within cultures, this activist-authored cross-cultural human rights theory supports the critical function of the concept of universal human rights and does so in a way that reminds us to be suspicious of those who might use the language of human rights to curtail the realization of some humans' rights.

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Keywords: human rights, methodology, feminism, woman, women's rights, international law, comparative political theory, activism, cultural rights, economic rights, political rights, civil rights, social rights, cross-cultural, comparative methodology
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Ackerly, Brooke. "Human rights theory in women's human rights activism -- a feminist methodological approach to intra-cultural and cross-cultural universal human rights theory" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston Marriott Copley Place, Sheraton Boston & Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts, Aug 28, 2002 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p66425_index.html>

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Ackerly, B. A. , 2002-08-28 "Human rights theory in women's human rights activism -- a feminist methodological approach to intra-cultural and cross-cultural universal human rights theory" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston Marriott Copley Place, Sheraton Boston & Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p66425_index.html

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Abstract: Across cultures, women's human rights have been not just violated but also unrecognized because the dominant local meaning of what it means to be a human differs with gender. Women's human rights activists and scholars have dealt with intra-cultural and cross-cultural variety in the development and use of the concept of human rights to promote the rights and development of women. They have used the examples of women's human rights violations to demonstrate the inseparability of political, civil, social, economic, and cultural rights, and they have challenged the dominant nondiscrimination human rights paradigm. I assess the effectiveness of their approaches for dealing with the problems of women's human rights recognition and violations. I offer an account of the implicit theory of women's human rights activism. Their theory is strategically effective and philosophically coherent and an appropriate alternative to foundationalist approaches to universal human rights without undermining the critical capacity of universal human rights as anti-foundationalist approaches tend to do. Informed by interdisciplinary inquiry, respectful of differences across cultures, and respectful of diversity within cultures, this activist-authored cross-cultural human rights theory supports the critical function of the concept of universal human rights and does so in a way that reminds us to be suspicious of those who might use the language of human rights to curtail the realization of some humans' rights.

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Human rights theory in women's human rights activism: a feminist methodological approach to intra­cultural and cross­ cultural universal human rights theory. Brooke Ackerly Assistant Professor Political Science Department 329 Calhoun Hall Vanderbilt University Nashville TN 37235 615­322­6231 brooke.ackerly@vanderbilt.edu Prepared for Panel 46­7 ``Methodological Approaches to a Cross­Cultural Theory of Human Rights'' American Political Science Association Annual Meeting Boston August 28­ September 1 2002 Please do not cite without permission. Key words human rights methodology feminism woman women's rights international
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