Poverty: Rights, Social Citizenship, and Legal Activism
Susan Boyd, Margot Young, et.al., POVERTY: RIGHTS, SOCIAL CITIZENSHIP, AND LEGAL ACTIVISM, UBC Press, 2007
Posted: 27 Nov 2009
Date Written: May 21, 2007
Recent years have seen the retrenchment of Canadian social programs and the restructuring of the welfare state along neo-liberal lines. Social programs at both the federal and the provincial levels have been cut back, eliminated, or recast in exclusionary and punitive forms. Poverty: Rights, Social Citizenship, and Legal Activism responds to these changes by examining the ideas and practices of human rights, citizenship, legislation, and institution-building that are crucial to addressing poverty in this country.
The essays in this volume investigate current trends in social, political, and legal anti-poverty activism. They challenge prevailing assumptions about the role of governments and the methods of accountability in the field of social and economic justice. Through their analysis of rights advocacy and the interconnectedness of law and politics, the contributors also demonstrate that the fight for social and economic justice is vibrant and of critical importance.
This book had 4 co-editors. Margot Young is Associate Professor at UBC Faculty of Law. Susan Boyd holds the Chair in Feminist Legal Studies in UBC Faculty of Law. Gwen Brodsky and Shelagh Day are directors of the Poverty and Human Rights Centre in Vancouver.
Keywords: Canada, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Public welfare, Poverty, Social rights, Human rights, Citizenship
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