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Title:The dawning of Angola's citizenship revolution: a quest for inclusionary politics
Author:Faria, Paulo Conceição João
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies (ISSN 1465-3893)
Geographic term:Angola
Subjects:political opposition
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03057070.2013.798541
Abstract:Post-war Angolan politics and public life exhibit both waves of oppression and resistance. Protests against President Eduardo dos Santos' rule and his party occur in the midst of a climate of fear and repression. The protests underline a struggle to overcome an entrenched political regime which mimics the activities of a genuinely functional State system. However, the State remains hollow and subordinated under the incumbent regime. Under these conditions the protests represent the awakening of a counter-public and the dawning of a citizenship revolution. The counter-public is instanced by the activity of parrhesia, or truth-telling, by the youth opposition and other public figures. This article highlights the ways in which such a counter-public arises and unfolds through the instance of resistance. The success of the counter-public will depend on its ability to galvanise movements of solidarity that might be formed across borders. If the quest for change and political inclusion is to bear fruit, it will require a constructive political engagement between elements of the counter-public and international democratic organisations, to ensure that the partnership between Western States and the Angolan regime does not escape public and media scrutiny. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]