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Human Rights from Below : Achieving Rights Through Community Development - Jim Ife

Human Rights from Below

Achieving Rights Through Community Development

By: Jim Ife

Paperback Published: 20th October 2009
ISBN: 9780521711081
Number Of Pages: 255

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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.

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.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Thinking about community development
Definitions and imperatives of community developmentp. 9
Principles and dimensions of community developmentp. 29
Thinking about human rights
Definitions and imperatives of human rightsp. 69
Principles and dimensions of human rightsp. 84
Bringing human rights and community development together
Principles of human rights from belowp. 123
Enacting human rights from below
Seven arenas of human rights from belowp. 157
Practicing human rights from belowp. 200
Appendix: The human rights matrixp. 235
Referencesp. 242
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9780521711081
ISBN-10: 0521711088
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 255
Published: 20th October 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.41