Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change - African Arguments (Paperback)
  • Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change - African Arguments (Paperback)

Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change - African Arguments (Paperback)

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Paperback 264 Pages / Published: 12/03/2015
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From Egypt to South Africa, Nigeria to Ethiopia, a new force for political change is emerging across Africa: popular protest. Widespread urban uprisings by youth, the unemployed, trade unions, activists, writers, artists, and religious groups are challenging injustice and inequality. What is driving this new wave of protest? Is it the key to substantive political change?

Drawing on interviews and in-depth analysis, Adam Branch and Zachariah Mampilly offer a penetrating assessment of contemporary African protests, situating the current popular activism within its historical and regional contexts.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781780329970
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 296 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 129 mm


'Increasingly interconnected and better informed than ever, Africa's peoples are more and more ready to go onto the streets in defence of their rights. Branch and Mampilly skillfully show how African politics is changing and how the collective agency of the ordinary citizen is something that will progressively shape political culture and practice across the continent. A luta continua!'
Ian Taylor, University of St Andrews

'This accessible account of popular demands for an end to poverty challenges conventional narratives about democratization, economic development and a rising middle class. Recommended.'
Michael Bratton, Michigan State University

'Provides convincing insights into the complexity of the social and political dynamics behind African protests in a really readable - and enjoyable - fashion. The ideal introduction to the topic.'
Francois Polet, editor of The State of Resistance: Popular Struggles in the Global South

'Africa Uprising insightfully argues that contemporary African protests incorporate both economic and political demands, and their success cannot simply be measured by immediate political effects.'
Alcinda Honwana, Author of Youth and Revolution in Tunisia

'A powerful account of recent large-scale protests in Nigeria, Sudan, and elsewhere, Branch and Mampilly show us that the internal politics of movements can have a powerful effect on their success or failure. This vivid portrait of the new politics of urban protest in Africa should interest scholars and activists alike.'
Adrienne LeBas, American University

'An inspiring and thoughtful study of African struggles for indigenous self-liberation, taking protests on their own terms and locating them within the reality of politics in Africa. The authors seek out what is specific to protests in Africa, instead of pursuing models of linear preconceptions of what protests should look like, or predetermined expectations of outcomes.'
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Author of African Constitutionalism and the Role of Islam

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