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By Anthony Woodiwiss

This pathbreaking e-book is the 1st noticeable contribution to a sociology of human rights and takes up the query of even if so-called Asian values have compatibility with human rights discourse. utilizing a sociological and poststructuralist method of the concept that of rights, and incorporating transnationality into sociological conception, Anthony Woodiwiss demonstrates how the worldwide human rights regime can accommodate Asian patriarchialism, whereas Pacific Asia is itself adapting by way of what he calls "enforceable benevolence."

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Moreover and although this is not reflected in levels of media interest, far more legislative and judicial time is concerned with debating and administering these other areas of law than is spent on the criminal law. Second, the classical sociologists also paid far more attention to the private than the criminal law. This was because, as Emile Durkheim made explicit in his Division of Labour (1896), they regarded the law as a 'visible index' of otherwise invisible sets of social relations which were far more extensive than those bespoken by the criminal law alone.

This is because, in order to procure their loyalty, payments must be made to the contradictorily positioned which exceed the value of their labour power. Thus, not only does any increase in the size of the contradictorily positioned labour force make capital's continuing appropriation of surplus labour potentially subject to the political and discursive wishes of those so positioned, but also it reduces the quantum of capital's revenues available for investment and therefore for its own expanded reproduction.

Rather, one asks questions about the effects of reciprocal conditions of existence: first, the effects produced by class forces on political, economic and ideological or legal developments; and second, those produced by any such developments on the strength of the specific forces that separate and bind the two classes economically, politically and discursively, and which explain the balances between the two classes and therefore the ease or difficulty of capital's appropriation of surplus labour.

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