Unit 7: Final Considerations: Are Global and Justice Compatible In Theory and Practice?
Now, let's return to one of the most contentious debates that emphasizes the theoretical and practical questions of global justice: Western versus non-Western.
How should individuals and states converge in terms of abstract principles, consequent norms, and their application? Should this convergence – whether required, coerced, or encouraged – occur at the expense of particular cultures, traditions, or identities?
Completing this unit should take you approximately 5 hours.
7.1: Revisiting the Western/Non-Western Discourse
Many theorists, especially those living in Western societies, generally believe that Western cultures respect and value human rights more than non-Western cultures. These beliefs ignore some of the ways that Western countries perpetuate human rights abuses, and how non-Western countries have contributed to human rights discourse. In this section, we consider the role governments play in securing human rights and how they relate to one another.
7.2: The Compatibility of Global and Justice
This final section is an opportunity to rethink how to accomplish justice on a global scale and what the future of justice will look like. The resources attempt to answer these questions and offer theories and suggestions for working toward a more just world.