Citizenship and Social Movements: Perspectives from the Global South (Claiming Citizenship)

Citizenship and Social Movements: Perspectives from the Global South (Claiming Citizenship)

By: Lisa Thompson (editor), Chris Tapscott (editor), Alonso Alonso (contributor), Eghosa E. Osaghae (contributor), Ranjita Mohanty (contributor), Linda Waldman (contributor), Simeen Mahmud (contributor), Mehta Mehta (contributor), Arilson Favareto (contributor), Laurence Edward Piper (contributor)Paperback

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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 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.

About Author

Lisa Thompson is Director of the African Citizenship and Democracy (ACCEDE) and Professor at the School of Government, University of the Western Cape. Her work focuses on issues of socio-economic development in the context of the global political economy. She has published widely on research pertaining to regional development and democratisation processes in southern Africa. She serves as South African coordinator of the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability. Chris Tapscott is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa and was formerly the founding director of the School of Government in the same institution. He has been an active member of the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability.


Introduction 1. Mobilisation and Social Movements in the South: the Challenges of Inclusive Governance - Lisa Thompson and Chris Tapscott. Part I: Socio-economic Rights and Social Movements 2. Social Movements and Rights Claims: The Case of Action Groups in the Niger Delta - Eghosa E. Osaghae 3. Why Do Garment Workers in Bangladesh Fail to Mobilize? - Simeen Mahmud 4. Mobilization through Litigation: Claiming Health Rights on Asbestos Issues in South Africa - Nardia Simpson and Linda Waldman Part II: Social Movements and Global Development Discourses 5. Water Rights and State Management in India and South Africa - Lyla Mehta, Lisa Thompson and Ndodana Nleya 6. Environmental Activism in Brazil: The Rise of a Social Movement - Angela Alonso, Valeriano Costa and Debora Maciel 7. The Struggle Towards Rights and Communitarian Citizenship: The Zapatista movement in Mexico - Carlos Cortez Ruiz Part III: Mobilization, Social Movements and Inclusive Governance 8. Participation, Inclusion and Development Under Conditions of Social Mobilization - Vera Schatten P. Coelho and Arilson Favareto 9. Popular Mobilization, Party Dominance and Participatory Governance in South Africa - Laurence Piper and Lubna Nadvi 10. Contesting Development, Reinventing Democracy: Grassroots Social Movements in India - Ranjita Mohanty. 11. Social Mobilization in Cape Town: A Tale of Two Communities - Chris Tapscott.

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  • ISBN13: 9781848133891
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9781848133891
  • ISBN10: 1848133898

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