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Human Rights from Below: Achieving Rights Through Community Development


ISBN13: 9780521711081
Published: November 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £49.99



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In Human Rights from Below Jim Ife shows how human rights and community development are problematic terms but powerful ideals, and that each is essential for understanding and practising the other. Ife contests that practitioners – advocates, activists, workers and volunteers – can better empower and protect communities when human rights are treated as more than just a specialist branch of law or international relations, and that human rights can be better realised when community development principles are applied.

The book offers a long overdue assessment of how human rights and community development are invariably interconnected. It highlights how critical it is to understand the two as a basis for thinking about and taking action to address the serious challenges facing the world in the twenty-first century. Written both for students and for community development and human rights workers, Human Rights from Below brings together the important fields of human rights and community development, to enrich our thinking of both.

  • The author’s expertise in both human rights and community development allows him to integrate the two in a unique way
  • This book presents human rights in a way that is accessible and empowering for non-lawyers
  • It bridges the gap between human rights theory and day-to-day practice, providing a number of practice ideas in the final chapter

Subjects:
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Contents:
Acknowledgements; Introduction
Part I. Thinking About Community Development: 1. Community development: definitions and imperatives; 2. Community development: principles and dimensions
Part II. Thinking About Human Rights: 3. Human rights: definitions and imperatives; 4. Human rights: principles and dimensions
Part III. Bringing Human Rights and Community Development Together: 5. Principles of human rights from below
Part IV. Enacting Human Rights from Below: 6. Seven arenas of human rights from below; 7. Practising human rights from below; Appendix 1. The human rights matrix; References.