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Mobilizing Social Justice in South Africa: Perspectives from Practitioners and Researchers

South Africa grapples with serious social and economic  inequalities, including inequality in access to basic services. At a  time of rising social tensions, the country’s institutions are in danger  of losing the legitimacy they gained in the wake of democratic  dispensations of the 1990s. This book presents  the findings of five research projects that address  these key areas in  partnership with practitioners, which were  presented at an international  conference organised by the Hivos-ISS  Knowledge Programme on Civil  Society in November 2009 in Johannesburg.

Faced with these  challenges, civic actors in South  Africa form alliances at different  levels, combining legal and  non-legal strategies to try to address  massive and growing disparities  between rich and poor, as well as  large-scale inequality and injustice.  They aim to mobilise social  justice through various and innovative  means.

There are many dimensions  to understanding the dynamics of civil  society, the potential for civic  actors to contribute to structural  changes in unequal power relations,  and the roles of external actors in  supporting them. This book offers a collection of essays and conversations that focus on contemporary South Africa. Possibly, the analyses bear relevance for other contexts as well. Hardcopies of the book can be ordered through Pretoria University Law Press.

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