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.
About the Author
Horman Chitonge, PHD (2008) is a researcher at the University of Cape Town, Centre for African Studies. He has published several peer reviewed articles, book chapters and books including, Economic Growth and Development in Africa: Understanding Trends and Prospects (Routledge, 2015) and the Accumulation of Capital in Southern Africa (Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, 2006).
Table of Contents
Tables and Figures; Acronyms; 1 The Politics of Eating and Drinking2 The Human Rights Discourse: An Overview3 Human Rights Development: Building Bridges4 Human Rights in Democratic Politics5 The Right to Water: Foundation, Content and Scope6 The Right to Food: Origin, Content and Scope7 The Rights to Water and Food in International and Local Politics8 The Rights to Water and Food: Strategies and Lessons from Global SouthBibliography; index.