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Marina Svensson


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Debating human rights in China : a conceptual and political history


  • Marina Svensson

Summary, in English

Debating human rights in China : introductory perspectives --

The conception of human rights in the West : historical origins and contemporary controversies --

Culture and human rights : between universalism and relativism --

China and the introduction of Western thought --

Ideas of human rights in the early twentieth century : the quest for national salvation --

The new culture movement and beyond : human rights and the liberation of the individual --

The Nanking decade, 1927-1937 : liberal and radical voices on human rights --

Human rights debates in wartime China : between individual freedom and national salvation --

The 1950s : human rights debates on two sides of the Taiwan Strait --

The domestic challenge over human rights : the Democracy Wall activists and the official reaction, 1978-1982 --

A contested and evolving discourse : human rights debates since the late 1980s --

The Chinese human rights debate : conclusion and prospects


  • Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers


  • Other Social Sciences




  • ISBN: 978-0-7425-1696-0