Forthcoming – The Concept of Human Right in Africa (Second Edition)
The Concept of Human Rights in Africa attempts to reconceptualise human rights ideology from the standpoint of the working people of the continent. lt argues that the dominant human rights discourse in/and on Africa, however well-intentioned, is objectively part of the ideologies of domination. Both the critique of the dominant discourse as well as the reconceptualisation are located firmly within the current social science and jurisprudential debates on democratic struggles in Africa. Hitherto, the human rights debate in Africa has been an exclusive preserve of lawyers and philosophers. Professor Shivji breaks new ground in this book in that he firmly anchors the debate on the social and political planes without losing sight of its legal and philosophical dimensions.
While greatly stimulating for the general reader, this work can be fruitfully used in colleges and universities in such academic disciplines as sociology, political science, development studies as well as law and jurisprudence.