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 ...