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Global Urban Justice
The Rise of Human Rights Cities

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Barbara Oomen, Martha F. Davis, Esther van den Berg, Benoît Frate, JoAnn Kamuf Ward, Eva García Chueca, Jonathan Darling, Catherine Buerger, Natalya Pestova, Emily Graham, Paul Gready, Eric Hoddy, Rachel Pennington, Klaus Starl, Ana María Sánchez Rodríguez, Kenneth J. Neubeck, Cynthia Soohoo, Michele Grigolo
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  • Date Published: June 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107147010

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  • Cities increasingly base their local policies on human rights. Human rights cities promise to forge new alliances between urban actors and international organizations, to enable the 'translation' of the abstract language of human rights to the local level, and to develop new practices designed to bring about global urban justice. This book brings together academics and practitioners at the forefront of human rights cities and the 'right to the city' movement to critically discuss their history and also the potential that human rights cities hold for global urban justice.

    • Introduces the reader to an emerging trend in law and social science, with up-to-date insights from prominent authors on the phenomenon of human rights cities
    • Interdisciplinary approach to the relationship between human rights and cities makes this relevant to lawyers, sociologists, urban geographers and activists
    • Provides a fresh set of perspectives and theories on the potential and pitfalls of global urban justice, but also abounds with examples of the implementation of human rights cities
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    'Global Urban Justice provides a timely window into the theory and practice of human rights in the city. Although the volume helpfully collects many examples of success, its authors are careful not to generalize or romanticize the experience of local implementation. As a result, the collection offers a new lens through which to understand the issues that arise when efforts are made to take the broad set of rights articulated in the UDHR and UN treaties and turn them into real policies and programs that shape how people live. … Global Urban Justice should be understood as a clear-eyed call to action, highlighting the potential of human rights, not its inevitability.' Johanna Kalb, Columbia Human Rights Law Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107147010
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: the promise and challenges of human rights cities Barbara Oomen
    Part I. Actors and their Shifting Capacities:
    2. Cities, human rights and accountability: the United States experience Martha F. Davis
    3. Making human rights the talk of the town: civil society and human rights cities, a case study of the Netherlands Esther van den Berg
    4. Human rights at a local level: the Montréal experience Benoît Frate
    5. From principles to practice: the role of US mayors in advancing human rights JoAnn Kamuf Ward
    Part II. Renegotiating Rights in the Urban Space:
    6. Human rights in the city and the right to the city: two different paradigms confronting urbanisation Eva García Chueca
    7. Defying the demand to 'go home': from human rights cities to the urbanisation of human rights Jonathan Darling
    8. Contested advocacy: negotiating between rights and reciprocity in Nima and Maamobi, Ghana Catherine Buerger
    9. Localising the human right to water into the city context: insights from domestic litigation Natalya Pestova
    Part III. Implementing Human Rights Cities:
    10. Re-imagining human rights practice through the city: a case study of York (UK) Emily Graham, Paul Gready, Eric Hoddy and Rachel Pennington
    11. Human rights and the city: obligations, commitments and opportunities Klaus Starl
    12. The recognition of the right to the city in Mexico City: the Charter Ana María Sánchez Rodríguez
    13. In a state of becoming a human rights city: the case of Eugene, Oregon Kenneth J. Neubeck
    Part IV. Conclusions:
    14. Human rights cities: challenges and possibilities Cynthia Soohoo
    15. Towards a sociology of the human rights city: focusing on practice Michele Grigolo.

  • Editors

    Barbara Oomen, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Barbara Oomen holds a Chair in the Sociology of Rights at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She is also Dean of University College Roosevelt, a liberal arts and sciences college in Middelburg.

    Martha F. Davis, Northeastern University, Boston
    Martha F. Davis is a professor at the School of Law, Northeastern University, Boston, where she also serves as co-director of the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy and as faculty director of the NuLawLab.

    Michele Grigolo, Nottingham Trent University
    Michele Grigolo is a lecturer in sociology at Nottingham Trent University. He is co-convenor of the Sociology of Rights Study Group of the British Sociological Association.


    Barbara Oomen, Martha F. Davis, Esther van den Berg, Benoît Frate, JoAnn Kamuf Ward, Eva García Chueca, Jonathan Darling, Catherine Buerger, Natalya Pestova, Emily Graham, Paul Gready, Eric Hoddy, Rachel Pennington, Klaus Starl, Ana María Sánchez Rodríguez, Kenneth J. Neubeck, Cynthia Soohoo, Michele Grigolo

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