Critical impairments to globalizing the Western human rights discourse

Nikitah Okembe Ra Imani

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This article focuses on the philosophical implications of Euro-centrism and Eurocentric discourse for the Western human rights narrative. It is argued that there is insufficient theoretical and practical consideration of those implications, particular for advocacy and activity in the so-called "Third World" where such arguments frequently become mere vehicles for the advance of economic and political neocolonialism. In many ways, colonialism with a humanistic, liberal democratic "face". Finally, a proposition is advanced that if the Western human rights discourse is to be effectively corrected and evolve into a global one, critiques of Euro-centrism from outside the Western discursive world must be taken seriously.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-284
Number of pages15
JournalSocieties without Borders
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • African customary law
  • Eurocentrism
  • Human rights narrative
  • Neocolonialism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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