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Issues in the Contemporary Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa : The Dynamics of Struggle and Resistance - G. Harrison

Issues in the Contemporary Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa

The Dynamics of Struggle and Resistance

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Graham Harrison investigates contemporary African politics by privileging the dynamics of political struggle and resistance. Through the analysis of peasant politics, debt and structural adjustment, democratization and identity politics, the author shows the importance of resistance and agency. Detailed studies of Mozambique, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso demonstrate how political organization and resistance have been closely ingrained in particular post-colonial trajectories. An original and refreshing approach to the study of African politics, this will be a useful textbook for upper level undergraduates and postgraduate students.

'interesting, well considered, and skilfully applies the main themes through recourse to examples...a valuable addition to the teaching material on African politics...[It] will be welcomed by teachers of African politics and international relations who will find it useful in a classroom setting'. - Chris Alden, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics

Acknowledgementsp. vii
List of Abbreviationsp. ix
Map: Contemporary Africap. xi
Introducing Political Struggle as Contemporary African Politicsp. 1
Analysing political strugglep. 2
Structure and strugglep. 10
Africa and the politics of representationp. 14
Further readingp. 22
Peasants, Politics and the Struggle for Developmentp. 23
Moving beyond the prejudicesp. 23
Conceptualizing the peasantryp. 26
Peasants and culturep. 34
Exit the peasant and enter the smallholder?p. 37
Which way forward?p. 39
Peasant-State relationsp. 40
Concluding remarksp. 48
Further readingp. 49
The Politics of Debt and Social Strugglep. 50
Introductionp. 50
The creation of a permanent crisisp. 51
The social repercussions of structural adjustmentp. 58
Understanding politics and resistance in the age of structural adjustmentp. 74
Further readingp. 77
Contesting Democratizationp. 78
Introductionp. 78
Evaluating changep. 81
Democratization and political activityp. 84
Recognizing the limitsp. 90
Structure and strugglep. 94
Western involvement in democratizationp. 97
Conclusionp. 103
Further readingp. 104
New African Identities, New Forms of Struggle?p. 105
Introducing political identityp. 105
Culture, identity and classp. 111
Youth, violence and urban protestp. 115
Towards a resolution of identity, class and strugglep. 120
Further readingp. 123
Political Struggle as Historyp. 124
Mozambiquep. 124
Nigeriap. 135
Burkina Fasop. 145
Conclusionp. 153
Further readingp. 154
Defending the Ideal of Strugglep. 155
The death of political struggle?p. 155
Political struggle and 'liberation'?p. 158
Bibliographyp. 160
Indexp. 187
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ISBN: 9780333987254
ISBN-10: 033398725X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: 12th June 2002
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1