Cultural Rights and Global Development (Special Issue 22: 2018)

This special issue investigates the political nexus of cultural life and the law, creative or artistic activity and permitted actions or statements. Cultural Rights has been a recognised legal concept since before the 1966 UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. However, as the 1966 Covenant demonstrated, separating the cultural from the social and civil is not straightforward, or rather, only apparently straightforward if articulated in terms of anthropological or sociological generalisations, which are not wholly useful. This collection of nine very different papers demonstrate how the ‘culture’ in Cultural Rights must be made specific and analytically useful for a ‘Right’ to be both credible and operational as a legal instrument or set thereof.

The special issue therefore aims to set out the legal terrain of Cultural Rights, interrogate its terms and conditions, and then to put into question how they pertain to specific forms of culture in specific places.

Gender and Development (Special Issue 21: 2018)

The rise of Gender as subject and object of research in recent years is significant. Gender equality and women’s rights have become central to our concept of social justice. Their significance for development, however, extends beyond the concern for social justice to the organisation of political resistance, solidarity, and civil society. Research in Gender and women has provided new critical frameworks on the very concept of development as well as new intellectual movements calling for the revision of development policy, identifying the how agents of development are so often compromised by patriarchal power, their postcolonial condition and the continued hegemony of the West. In this special issue, six distinct papers tackle a diversity of subjects, from people trafficking to craft markets to children and early marriage — and they all make reference to the centrality of recognition, protection and justice made possible only through a deomcratically determined law and legal system.