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Human Rights in Africa: 12 (New Approaches to African History, Series Number 12)

Human Rights in Africa: 12 (New Approaches to African History, Series Number 12)

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Bonny Ibhawoh
Cambridge University Press, 1/31/2018
EAN 9781107602397, ISBN10: 1107602394

Paperback, 268 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
Language: English

Human rights have a deep and tumultuous history that culminates in the age of rights we live in today, but where does Africa's story fit in with this global history? Here, Bonny Ibhawoh maps this story and offers a comprehensive and interpretative history of human rights in Africa. Rather than a tidy narrative of ruthless violators and benevolent protectors, this book reveals a complex account of indigenous African rights traditions embodied in the wisdom of elders and sages; of humanitarians and abolitionists who marshalled arguments about natural rights and human dignity in the cause of anti-slavery; of the conflictual encounters between natives and colonists in the age of Empire and the 'civilizing mission'; of nationalists and anti-colonialists who deployed an emergent lexicon of universal human rights to legitimize longstanding struggles for self-determination, and of dictators and dissidents locked in struggles over power in the era of independence and constitutional rights.

1. Visions and disputes
2. Elders and sages
3. Humanitarians and abolitionists
4. Natives and colonists
5. Nationalists and anti-colonists
6. Dictators and dissidents
7. Old struggles and new causes.