This history of colonial and developmentalist thought tells the story of the West's relationship with those parts of the world it came to dominate, from the conquest of the Americas, the slave trade and the scramble for Africa, through to decolonization, the ideology of development and structural adjustment. Sophie Bessis shows how notions of the West have been used to justify imperial economic interests and the emergence of a free trade ideology. Attempts to emulate the Western model have in turn had devastating consequences for the South. Human rights, in theory at least, have become an accepted nostrum throughout the world. Yet those who pride themselves on having invented this universality still lay claim to some privileged right to define its content. Bessis highlights the hypocrisy with which the North applies these standards: one standard for China, with its huge potential market, another for minor African states, one for Muslim oppression of women in Teheran, another in Riyadh. In other words, human rights are still entirely subordinate to economic interest.Über den Autor:
SOPHIE BESSIS is a writer and journalist who was born and brought up in Tunisia. She has spent most of her adult life living and working in France, where she has been at various times head of research and editor in chief of Jeune Afrique; director of the Panos Institute in Paris; and editor of Vivre Autrement. She is the author of several books in French. Western Supremacy has been translated by PATRICK CAMILLER.
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