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Marina Svensson is assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Languages, Lund University. She is the coeditor of The Chinese Human Rights Reader.
Chapter 1 Debating Human Rights in China: Introductory Perspectives
Chapter 2 The Conception of Human Rights in the West: Historical Origin and Contemporary Controversies
Chapter 3 Culture and Human Rights: Between Universalism and Relativism
Chapter 4 China and the Introduction of Western Thought
Chapter 5 Ideas of Human Rights in the Early Twentieth Century: The Quest for National Salvation
Chapter 6 The New Culture Movement and Beyond: Human Rights and the Liberation of the Individual
Chapter 7 The Nanking Decade, 1927-1937: Liberal and Radical Voices on Human Rights
Chapter 8 Human Rights Debate in Wartime China: Between Individual Freedom and National Salvation
Chapter 9 The 1950s: Human Rights Debates on Two Sides of the Taiwan Strait
Chapter 10 The Domestic Challenge Over Human Rights: The Democracy Wall Activists and the Official Reaction, 1978-1982
Chapter 11 A Contested and Evolving Discourse: Human Rights Debates since the Late 1980s
Chapter 12 The Chinese Human Rights Debate: Conclusion and Prospects
Chapter 13 Glossary
This study demonstrates the diversity of perspectives on the existence and scope of human rights in China from the end of the Qing dynasty to the present?.Highly recommended .....
Well-written. Svensson is thoroughly steeped in the Chinese-language literature on the subject and has found an astonishing amount of material. The book is so comprehensive that it will doubtless stand as the definitive work until conditions in China change....
[Provides] engaging and provocative materials for anyone interested in human rights and in social, political, and cultural transformations in China....[A] rich and contested discourse woven together sensibly and intelligently....[A] friendly textbook forinstructors and students of Chinese political culture....
Marina Svensson has written a sophisticated, nuanced, complex history of human rights discource in China in the twentieth century. As she has argued and proven with her in-depth research, human rights discourse is not alien to China.....
The book is rich in details, comprehensive in scope and careful in its exposition. It also has a superb bibliography of the writings of Chinese intellectuals since the early twentieth century. The book is a very good guide for anyone who wants to understand Chinese rights thinking in the past century....