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Extra info for Human Rights: Concepts, Contests, Contingencies
At the start of the twentieth century Durkheim tried to identify a moral discourse that would temper laissez-faire capitalism's celebration of amoral self-interest. Today, Collier suggests, human rights might provide one response to that effort. " But Collier is concerned as much with identifying the role human rights play in contestations at the local level as she is in grand theorizing about human rights. " Collier accepts the view that human rights are Western, but she thinks that in cultural and political contestation at the local level that "it is precisely because moral discourses of human rights and economic discourses of capitalism are both products of the post-Enlightenment West" that the former might effectively be enlisted against the latter.
But Collier is concerned as much with identifying the role human rights play in contestations at the local level as she is in grand theorizing about human rights. " Collier accepts the view that human rights are Western, but she thinks that in cultural and political contestation at the local level that "it is precisely because moral discourses of human rights and economic discourses of capitalism are both products of the post-Enlightenment West" that the former might effectively be enlisted against the latter.
For the moment the discussion focuses on the situation of indigenous people in the Americas and the antipodes. Because of a long and dominative history of settlement, exchange, treaty, conquest, removal, and sometimes recognition, indigenous and nonindigenous peoples are now interrelated in their territories. Webs of economic and communicative exchange, moreover, place the multicultural peoples of a particular region in relations of interdependence with others far away. In such a situation of interdependence, it is difficult for a people to be independent in the sense that they require nothing from outsiders and their activity has no effect on others.