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Title:Political Radicalism in Africa: 'The Second Independence'
Author:Jeffries, Richard
Year:1978
Periodical:African affairs: the journal of the Royal African Society
Volume:77
Issue:308
Period:July
Pages:335-346
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Africa
Subjects:centre and periphery
rebellions
Politics and Government
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/721838
Abstract:Critique of neo-Marxist strategy for development in sub-Saharan Africa. Neo-Marxist arguments do not demonstrate that capitalist development cannot proceed successfully in African states, nor do they guarantee that, where it does not, effective revolutionary movements will materialise. Analysis of several rural based rebellions (the Mulelist rebellion of 1964 in the Kwilu Province of the Congo; the revolt of the Kenyan radicals in 1963/66; the (Sufi) Mouride brotherhood in Senegal in 1971/75 in terms of the nature of the consciousness involved and their relationship to the structure of power, indicates the difficulty of conceiving of them as potential revolutionary movements on the Fanonist or any other neo-Marxist model. Moreover, where neo-Marxist strategy has been taken seriously (Ghana, Guinea, Tanzania), it has proven detrimental. Notes.
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