Cultural Diversity and Cultural Identity in Human Rights

Yvonne Donders, Amsterdam

The Concept of Culture

Culture is a concept of which the dynamics and complexity do not easily translate into legal (human rights) norms. It is not an inactive notion, but something that can develop and change over time. Cultures are not static, but dynamic; they are not end products, but processes, without well-defined boundaries and influenced by internal and external interactions. The concept of culture can refer to many things, varying from cultural products, such as arts and literature, to the cultural process or culture as a way of life. Culture has an objective dimension reflected in visible characteristics such as language, religion, or customs, and a subjective ...

Get Culture and Human Rights: The Wroclaw Commentaries now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.