A unique volume designed to provoke an ongoing dialogue about fundamental human rights in our society
Edited by renowned scholars, Judith Blau and Mark Frezzo, this groundbreaking anthology examines the implications that human rights have for the social sciences. The book provides readers with a wide-ranging collection of articles, each written by experts in their fields who argue for an expansion of fundamental human rights in the United States. To provide an international context, the volume covers the human rights treaties that have been incorporated into the constitutions of many countries throughout the world, including wealthy nations such as Spain and Sweden and impoverished countries such as Bolivia and Croatia.
Chapter 4: Promoting Cultural Rights
Promoting Cultural Rights
“Cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature.”
—UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, Article 1
When you think of human rights, culture is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. In the United States, needs and rights tend to be emphasized at the individual rather than the group level. For example, people raised in individualistic cultures like the United States are likely to understand the need for food as a human right, but they might have a more difficult time imagining the right of a group to eat a particular type of food.1
Culture is “the totality of learned, socially transmitted customs, knowledge, material objects and behavior” (Schaefer 2009:57) and includes both material and nonmaterial elements. ...