Beyond Parliament

Human Rights and the Politics of Social Change in the Global South


Author: Horman Chitonge
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.

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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).
Horman Chitonge
Tables and Figures; Acronyms;
1 The Politics of Eating and Drinking
2 The Human Rights Discourse: An Overview
3 Human Rights Development: Building Bridges
4 Human Rights in Democratic Politics
5 The Right to Water: Foundation, Content and Scope
6 The Right to Food: Origin, Content and Scope
7 The Rights to Water and Food in International and Local Politics
8 The Rights to Water and Food: Strategies and Lessons from Global South
Bibliography; index.
All activists, researchers, students, politicians and human rights practitioners who are interested in deploying human rights as a strategy for challenging power relations and the status quo.