Human Rights from Below: Achieving Rights Through Community Development

Human Rights from Below: Achieving Rights Through Community Development

by Jim Ife
ISBN-10:
0521711088
ISBN-13:
9780521711081
Pub. Date:
12/31/2009
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Overview

Human Rights from Below: Achieving Rights Through Community Development

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521711081
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/31/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 589,088
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jim Ife holds adjunct positions at the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, and at the Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights at Deakin University, Victoria.

Table of 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.

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