Human Rights, Power and Civic Action: Comparative analyses of struggles for rights in developing societies

1st Edition

Bård A. Andreassen, Gordon Crawford

Routledge
Published September 12, 2014
Reference - 270 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138830455 - CAT# Y173241
Series: Routledge Research in Human Rights

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Summary

Human Rights, Power and Civic Action examines the interrelationship between struggles for human rights and the dynamics of power, focusing on situations of poverty and oppression in developing countries. It is argued that the concept of power is a relatively neglected one in the study of rights-based approaches to development, especially the ways in which structures and relations of power can limit human rights advocacy. Therefore this book focuses on how local and national struggles for rights have been constrained by power relations and structural inequalities, as well as the extent to which civic action has been able to challenge, alter or transform such power structures, and simultaneously to enhance protection of people’s basic human rights. Contributors examine and compare struggles to advance human rights by non-governmental actors in Cambodia, China, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The country case-studies analyse structures of power responsible for the negation and denial of human rights, as well as how rights-promoting organisations challenge such structures. Utilising a comparative approach, the book provides empirically grounded studies leading to new theoretical understanding of the interrelationships between human rights struggles, power and poverty reduction.

Human Rights, Power and Civic Action will be of interest to students and scholars of human rights politics, power, development, and governance.

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