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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Stones of hope: how African activists reclaim human rights to challenge global poverty
Editor:White, Lucie E.
Year:2011
Pages:249
Language:English
Series:Stanford studies in human rights
City:Stanford, CA
Publisher:Stanford University Press
ISBN:0804769192; 9780804769198; 0804769206; 9780804769204
Geographic terms:Africa
Ghana
Nigeria
South Africa
Tanzania
Subjects:social and economic rights
action groups
resettlement
Abstract:A group of African human rights activists has broken out of the conventional mould of their work to challenge radical poverty. After an Introduction by Jeremy Perelman and Lucie E. White, Part One contains four case studies. The first is a dialogue, A place to live: resisting evictions in Ijora-Badia, Nigeria, by Felix Morka, and Commentary on anti-eviction and development in the global South, by Duncan Kennedy (about the eviction of communities in Lagos). The other three are: Cultural transformation, deep institutional reform, and ESR (economic and social rights) practice: South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), by William Forbath, with the assistance of Zackie Achmat, Geoff Budlender and Mark Heywood (gay rights activists' struggles to combat the AIDS pandemic in South Africa); The evictions at Nyamuma, Tanzania: structural constraints and alternative pathways in the struggles over land, by Ruth Buchanan, Helen Kijo-Bisimba and Kerry Rittich (evicting people on the edge of the Serengeti Game Reserve) and Freeing Mohammed Zakari: rights as footprints, by Jeremy Perelman and Katharine Young with Mahama Ayariga (the right to health and community notions of social justice among subsistence farmers in Nima, Ghana). The second part contains two theoretical essays: Stones of hope: experience and theory in African economic and social rights activism, by Jeremy Perelman and Lucie E. White, and The long arc of pragmatic economic and social rights advocacy, by Peter Houtzager and Lucie E. White. The Epilogue is by Jeremy Perelman and Lucie E. White. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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