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Globalization and Its Impact on Human Rights by George Mathews Chunakara (ed.)

Published by Christian Conference of Asia, Hong Kong.  The Indian Edition was published in October, 2000 by Christava Sahitya Samithy, Tiruvalla - 689 101, Kerala, S. India, and is used by permission of the publisher.  This material was prepared for Religion Online by Ted & Winnie Brock.

The impact of globalization on the Third World is disasterous.  The author hopes for an adequate response from the churches of the world.

Chapter 1: Globalization Threatens Humanism, by V. R. Krishna Iyer
Humankind is in the ghastly grip of soulless forces, moneyocracies incorporated, and cannibalistic philosophies which validate satanic values and apotheosize social anathemas like violence, vulgarity and intoxicated hedonism. A new debate must begin on human rights-oriented economic policies where every person and his dignity matters.

Chapter 2: Globalization and Working Towards Alternative Development Paradigms, by M. A. Oomen
The author suggests the formulation of development paradigms which are alternatives to globalization.

Chapter 3: Development and Human Rights, by T. Rajamoorthy
The proponents of globalization appear sometimes to invest the whole process of globalization with a quasi-religious status. They claim that resistance is futile.

Chapter 4: The Emerging Global Scenario and the East Asian Perspective on Human Rights, by Michael C. Davis
A consideration of various claims about ‘Asian values’ made in relation to the East Asian human rights debate. 1. A challenge to the claims for exception from important international human rights standards made in the name of “Asian values.” 2. The offering of a special version of liberal constitutionalism as a proper domestic venue for contemporary human rights and values discourse in East Asia.

Chapter 5: Globalization and its Impact on Human Rights, by Mathews George Chunakara
Although globalization has been characterized as a locomotive for productivity, opportunity, technological progress, and uniting the world, it ultimately causes increased impoverishment, social disparities and violations of human rights.

Chapter 6: Globalization and Asian Women, by Matsui Yayori
What is needed is an alternative society based on gender justice, ecological sustainability and local-global democracy. Asian women should have the confidence to change their own daily lives and the world by supporting one another, and thus help bring about change.

Chapter 7: Some Ethical and Theological Reflections and Considerations, by Feliciano V. Carino
In the Church’s teachings and highest traditions we find a meaningful contribution to the emergence and foundation of a global community, namely, the dignity of the human, the unity and universality of the human family, and the common human responsibility for all of creation.

Chapter 8: Globalization and Liberative Solidarity, by K. C. Abraham
An analysis of the phenomenon of globalization and the raising of some issues that are pertinent in facing its challenges. A model is suggested of a Christian response, a liberative solidarity, that is rooted in the experience and spirituality of the poor and the message of the cross.

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