Culture without Rights?

Lionel Wee

in Language without Rights

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199737437
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827107 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics

Culture without Rights?

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This chapter concludes the book by asking to what extent the lessons learned from our study of language rights might also have implications for the notion of cultural rights in general. The broader notion of cultural rights is intended, like language rights, as a form of protection in a globalizing world where the pace of cultural change has accelerated as different societies become increasingly interconnected and interdependent. Here, the chapter suggests that if the notion of rights is to be of use in a culturally complex world, it needs to be returned to a basic understanding of the protection afforded to each individual on the basis of their ‘universal personhood’ (Maher 2002: 21).

Keywords: cultural practices; cultural rights; globalization; group rights; individual rights; resignification

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Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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