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The dystopia between a universal "Empire of meaning" and local contexts: a study of humanity, UN dominance and the interaction process of sensemaking
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

There seems to be a gap between human rights theory and human rights practice. This gap disables rights to be applicable in practice in a meaningful manner. By theorizing this gap with Neil Thompson’s theory of “thinking” and “doing” while shedding light to this gap with a postmodern flashlight, the study shows that the concepts of human rights, human dignity, culture and ideology are in need to be addressed and added to this discourse and certainly to the overall discourse of human rights. A way of doing this is to make rights in the vernacular, as Sally Engle Merry suggests. What will be the consequences of vernacular rights? What is needed is thus to translate universal values into local contexts by acknowledging the cultural dimension of rights and to learning through experience. 

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2015. , 44 p.
Keyword [en]
culture, gap, human dignity, human rights, ideology, theory, postmodernism, practice, Thompson, vernacularization, "thinking" and "doing"
National Category
Cultural Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253777OAI: diva2:815973
Educational program
Master Programme in Human Rights
Available from: 2015-06-08 Created: 2015-06-02 Last updated: 2015-06-08Bibliographically approved

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