Human Rights, Power and Civic Action

Human Rights, Power and Civic Action

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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 peoplea€™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.Economicand landreforms in the 1980sintroduced theaHousehold Responsibility SystemAl, whereby rural ... Disputes was adopted at the 31st Session of the Standing Committee of the 10th National PeopleAls Congress on 29 December 2007.

Title:Human Rights, Power and Civic Action
Author:Bård A. Andreassen, Gordon Crawford
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-07-18


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