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Title:Social movements in Africa
Editors:Engels, Bettina
Brandes, NikolaiISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Stichproben - Vienna Journal of African Studies
Volume:11
Issue:20
Pages:189
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Nigeria
Mali
Liberia
Subjects:demobilization
civil society
State-society relationship
trade unions
women's organizations
slavery
External link:https://stichproben.univie.ac.at/alle-ausgaben/stichproben-nr-202011/
Abstract:This special issue of Stichproben explores to what extent current social movements in sub-Saharan Africa are actors that take a critical stance towards social and political domination. How do social movements in Africa mobilize? What are their strategies? And in which ways do they participate in global alliances? Starting from the example of demobilized militia fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Alex Veit analyses the relationship between international authorities (such as UN agencies) and individuals. In a theoretical contribution, Elísio Macamo argues that the concept of social movements 'may prove inadequate to a study of contestation in African settings'. Two case studies deal with Nigeria: Kehinde Olusola Olayode examines ethno-nationalist movements and political mobilization in the period 1990-2003, while Daničle Obono discusses the role of trade unions in the country since the 1990s. Boniface Dulani provides a comparative analysis of democracy movements in Malawi, Namibia, Uganda and Zambia. Eric Hahonou and Lotte Pelckmans examine social movements of slave descendants in Mali. Finally, Andrea Kaufmann presents an example of women's movements in Liberia. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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