Transnational Social Mobilisation and Minority Rights: Identity, Advocacy and Norms, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Transnational Social Mobilisation and Minority Rights

Identity, Advocacy and Norms, 1st Edition

By Corinne Lennox


280 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This book explores the ways in which minority groups across the world are reshaping the international minority rights protection system. It documents the actions of four major groups that are using transnational social mobilisation to achieve recognition of their identities and their rights. The result is a greater pluralism in global identity politics and a wide range of new group-specific standards that can inform policies on multiculturalism, political participation, and socio-economic inclusion in the national and international spheres.

The book begins by summarising the learning from the global movements of indigenous peoples and Roma. The book then focuses in greater depth on the cases of Afro-descendants in Latin America and of Dalits and caste-affected groups in South Asia and beyond. Each case study shows the historical roots of group-specific transnational mobilisation and how activists have constructed a distinct identity frame out of shared experiences. The book explores key parallels and differences between the discourse, framing strategies, organisational structures and political opportunities used in each case to show which factors have influenced the success or failures of their norm entrepreneurship.  The role that international institutions have played in supporting these efforts is given special attention, including intergovernmental bodies such as the UN, the EU and the OAS, and international non-governmental organisations. The UN World Conference Against Racism is explored as a particularly significant political opportunity across the cases.

Among academic audiences, this book will appeal to those researching minority rights, social movements, global governance, discrimination and multiculturalism from legal, political, sociological and critical theory perspectives. It will also interest practitioners and activists working on minority rights and the challenges of norm compliance, socio-economic inclusion and governance.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: Minorities, States and Norm Entrepreneurship in International Society

2. Indigenous Peoples and Roma as Norm Entrepreneurs

3. Dalits and Norm Entrepreneurship on Caste-Based Discrimination

4. Afro-descendants and Norm Entrepreneurship in Latin America

5. Conclusion: Assessing Group-Specific Norm Entrepreneurship

About the Author

Corinne Lennox is Senior Lecturer in Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and Co-Director of the Human Rights Consortium, both at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Development and Society

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries