Exploring Cultural Rights and Cultural Diversity

An Introduction with Selected Legal Materials

By Janet Blake

This book introduces cultural rights and cultural diversity to a non-legal audience, as well as to legal and human rights specialists who may not be very familiar with this area of law, which has been termed the 'Cinderella' of the human rights family. Cultural rights and the associated notion of cultural diversity are under-conceptualized from a theoretical viewpoint and are poorly understood by governments and rights-holders, and, thus, are not implemented as well as they might be. It is therefore necessary to specify clearly the content and the scope of these rights and their relationship to other human rights, as well as the various domains in which they are important. Underlying this work is the belief that cultural rights and cultural diversity are increasingly implicated in important areas of policy and legal development, and so need to be better understood by governmental authorities, cultural specialists, and the rights-holders themselves. Over recent years, the subject of cultural rights has expanded greatly, from that of a national culture available to all citizens, to the non-material elements of heritage which, in turn, involves the idea of active public participation in the decision-making process and of citizens being able to contribute actively to their culture. As a result, there is increasing demand for better promotion and protection of cultural rights as an integral part of human rights. The book is divided into two parts. The first section sets out the broader context in which cultural rights and diversity operate, and it examines the concept of cultural diversity and its applications, introducing the potential scope for and content of cultural rights and specific challenges they pose to human rights theory. The second section includes, in summary form, various texts (treaties, other legal instruments, and political texts) relevant to cultural rights and cultural diversity. [Subject: Human Rights Law]

Publication Date: 5/1/2014
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781903987346