Citizenship and Social Movements: Perspectives from the Global South

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Debates over social movements have suffered from a predominate focus on North America and western Europe, often neglecting the significance of collective action in the global South. Citizenship and Social Movements seeks to partially redress this imbalance with case studies from Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Mexico, South Africa and Nigeria.

This volume points to the complex relationships that influence mobilization and social movements in the South, suggesting that previous ...

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Overview

Debates over social movements have suffered from a predominate focus on North America and western Europe, often neglecting the significance of collective action in the global South. Citizenship and Social Movements seeks to partially redress this imbalance with case studies from Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Mexico, South Africa and Nigeria.

This volume points to the complex relationships that influence mobilization and social movements in the South, suggesting that previous theories have underplayed the influence of state power and elite dominance in the government and in NGOs.

As the contributors to this book clearly show, understanding the role of the state in relation to social movements is critical to determining when collective action can fulfil the promise of bringing the rights of the marginalized to the fore.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848133884
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Series: Claiming Citizenship Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Thompson is acting director of the African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (ACCEDE) at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Chris Tapscott is Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Abbreviations and acronyms viii

Foreword xi

1 Introduction: mobilization and social movements in the South - the challenges of inclusive governance Lisa Thompson Chris Tapscott 1

1 Socio-economic rights and social movements

2 Social movements and rights claims: the case of action groups in the Niger Delta Eghosa E. Osaghae 35

3 Why do garment workers in Bangladesh fail to mobilize? Simeen Mahmud 60

4 Mobilization through litigation: claiming health rights on asbestos issues in South Africa Nardia Simpson Linda Waldman 87

2 Social movements and global development discourses

5 Water and rights: state management in South Africa and India Lyla Mehta Lisa Thompson Ndodana Nleya 113

6 Environmental activism in Brazil: the rise of a social movement Angela Alonso Valeriano Costa Débora Maciel 132

7 The struggle towards rights and communitarian citizenship: the Zapatista movement in Mexico Carlos Cortez Ruiz 160

3 Mobilization, social movements and inclusive governance

8 Participation, inclusion and development under conditions of social mobilization Vera Schattan Coelho Arilson Favareto 187

9 Popular mobilization, party dominance and participatory governance in South Africa Laurence Piper Lubna Nadvi 212

10 Contesting development, reinventing democracy: grassroots social movements in India Ranjita Mohanty 239

11 Social mobilization in Cape Town: a tale of two communities Chris Tapscott 260

About the contributors 279

Index 283

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