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Beyond Parliament - Human Rights and the Politics of Social Change in the Global South by Horman Chitonge

Horman Chitonge is an Associate Professor and researcher at the Centre for African Studies and the National Research Foundation (NRF) Chair in Land Reform and Democracy in South Africa at UCT. His research interests include issues related to the political economy of access to and use of land and water, strategies for poverty reduction and alternatives for Africa’s growth. He combines quantitative and qualitative research methods and has several years’ experience of conducting research in many countries in southern Africa on topics related to water, poverty and agrarian reforms.

Abstract: In Beyond Parliament Horman Chitonge offers a unique combination of the conceptual dimensions with the practical examples of human rights discourse deployed as an instrument for social change in the global south. He uses the right to water and the right to food to illustrate that human rights are never given on a silver platter; giving effect to human rights is always an outcome of a continuous struggle to protect human dignity and value. To implement this view of human rights, the book argues, requires going beyond the parliamentary politics of recognising and acknowledging human rights in statutes and bill of rights to the radical democratic politics of giving effect to the recognised rights, especially among the poor and marginalised.

Event type: Book Launch
Date of event: Tuesday, 09 February 2016
Time: 16h00 to 17h30

Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery