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Demanding Justice in The Global South

Claiming Rights

  • Jean Grugel
  • Jewellord Nem Singh
  • Lorenza Fontana
  • Anders Uhlin

Part of the Development, Justice and Citizenship book series (SIID)

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About this book


The politics of claiming rights and strategies of mobilisation exhibited by marginalised social groups lie at the heart of this volume. Theoretically, the authors aims to foster a holistic and multi-faceted understanding of how social and economic justice is claimed, either through formal, corporatist or organised mechanisms, or through ad hoc, informal, or individualised practices, as well as the implications of these distinctive activist strategies. The collection emphasises both the difficulties of political mobilisation and the distinctive methods employed by various social groups across a variety of contexts to respond and overcome these challenges. Crucially, the authors’ approach involves a conceptualisation of social movements and local mobilisation in terms of the language of rights and justice claims-making through more organised as well as everyday political practices. In so doing, the book bridges the literature on contentious politics, the politics of claiming social justice, and everyday politics of resistance.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jean Grugel
    • 1
  • Jewellord Nem Singh
    • 2
  • Lorenza Fontana
    • 3
  • Anders Uhlin
    • 4
  1. 1.University of YorkUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Faculty of Social SciencesThe Open UniversityUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.Department of Political ScienceLund UniversityLundSweden

About the editors

Jean Grugel holds a Chair in Global Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Open University, UK.

Jewellord Nem Singh holds a Research Fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and is currently based at the University of Tokyo, Japan.

Lorenza B. Fontana is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, USA.

Anders Uhlin is Professor of Political Science at Lund University, Sweden.

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