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Do “human rights”—as embodied in constitutions, nationwide legislation, and foreign agreements—foster advancements within the lives of the terrible or another way marginalized populations? whilst, the place, how, and below what stipulations? remaining the Rights hole: From Human Rights to Social Transformation systematically compares a number case reports from all over the world with a purpose to make clear the stipulations below which—and associations via which—economic, social, and cultural rights are steadily learned in perform. It concludes with testable hypotheses concerning how major transformative swap may perhaps happen, in addition to an time table for destiny learn to facilitate rights consciousness around the globe.

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Spurred on by social movements in the Global South, human rights organizations and development NGOs are moving beyond traditional strategies toward advocacy for specific Introduction 19 rights issues, creating new nodes of accountability for development agencies and stronger incentives to work closely with social movements. These broader agendas are potentially transformative, but may also become unwieldy for international NGOs in balancing their old and new agendas. Hertel and Randolph’s chapter, “The Challenge of Ensuring Food Security: Global Perspectives and Evidence from India,” elaborates on what the concept of food security involves, and uses available internationally comparable measures to address the status of global food security.

It is this pathway analysis that demonstrates the added value of this framework: it draws attention to general types of mechanisms that might be brought to bear on rights-translation problems across cases while allowing for a precise analysis of how the location, character, and timing of interventions affect outcomes in particular cases. As we identify mechanisms present or absent in different cases and at distinct moments of rights translation, we begin to see regularities and patterns that operate more generally, allowing conclusions to be drawn about common patterns, without, however, making universalistic claims.

Factors such as cultural beliefs, memory, social structures, and information shape actors’ perceptions and desires regarding new normative frames. The second analytic moment involves the translation of beliefs and desires into action. In the third moment, actions and interactions coalesce to generate broader social change reflecting the new normative principles. At each of these moments, a variety of contextual factors, mechanisms, and strategies utilized by actors pursuing change (for better or worse) influence the speed, direction, and type of social transformation.

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