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The Place of Capitalism in Pursuit of Human Rights in Globalized Relationships of States

Mohsen al Attar and Ciaron Murnane

in Globalization, International Law, and Human Rights

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780198074151
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080830 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198074151.003.0008
The Place of Capitalism in Pursuit of Human Rights in Globalized Relationships of States

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The world economy is firmly within the grip of capitalist economic ideology, specifically its competitive predisposition, while collective global consciousness is dominated by a unified commitment to social justice and personal freedom through poverty elimination, as expressed via the human rights narrative. This chapter highlights the paradox and the vast and wide gap between these competing doctrines; a predatory market mentality versus a progressive human mentality; class privilege versus human solidarity. It begins by considering the theoretical bases of the doctrines, then delves into a case study—South Africa—that assists in better explicating the challenges posed by the capitalist economic superstructure to the concurrent actualization of both sets of human rights.

Keywords: capitalism; world economy; social justice; personal freedom; South Africa; human rights; Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Chapter.  10736 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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