Mobilization through litigation: claiming health rights on asbestos issues in South Africa

Abstract

This chapter examines one of the first examples of social mobilization and transnational litigation which was labelled as a legal success: mobilization for compensation for asbestos-related diseases in South Africa. In exploring the role of litigation and identity in transnational mobilization, it examines how mobilization – or the lack thereof – contributes to citizen empowerment in specific local contexts. Using the example of asbestos litigation and Griqua social identity, the chapter argues that the relationship between litigation and mobilization is more problematic than often assumed, and does not always result in citizen empowerment.

Owing to copyright restrictions, only the first 3 pages are attached, together with a link to the book at Zed Books.

Citation

Simpson, N.; Waldman, L. Mobilization through litigation: claiming health rights on asbestos issues in South Africa. In: Citizenship and Social Movements: Perspectives from the Global South.. Zed Books, London, UK (2010) ISBN 9781848133884

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