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.
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.
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.