Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781780329970 Published April 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781780329987 Published April 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Africa Uprising

Popular Protest and Political Change

Adam Branch and Zachariah Mampilly

Africa Uprising

Adam Branch and Zachariah Mampilly

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272 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2015
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781780329970 Published April 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781780329987 Published April 2015 For sale in North and South America only
For a long time now, Africa’s political landscape has been wracked by violence. In recent years, however, a more positive force has risen in response to that violence: popular protest. Countries throughout the continent, from Tunisia and Egypt to Uganda and Senegal, have witnessed uprisings by a wide variety of people—the young, the unemployed, organized laborers, civil society activists, writers, artists, and religious groups. What is driving this massive wave of popular protest in Africa?

Drawing on interviews with activists across a number of countries, Adam Branch and Zachariah Mampilly offer a penetrating assessment of contemporary African protests, situating current popular activism within a broader historical and continental context. The first book to put contemporary popular protest in a pan-African context, Africa Uprising critically examines Africa’s incorporation into the global economy, the failure of African governments to democratize, the behavior of opposition forces, and the role of African popular culture in the movements. In doing so, the authors provide essential research and insight for understanding African politics at this key juncture in history.
Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Protests and Possibilities

2. Mobs or Mobilizers? Nkrumah, Fanon and Anti-Colonial Protest

3. A Democratic Transition? Anti-Austerity Protests and the Limits of Reform

4. The Third Wave of African protest

5. The Precipitous Rise and Fall of Occupy Nigeria

6. Political Walking in Uganda

7. Protest and Counter-Protest in Ethiopia

8. 'We are Fed Up!' Sudan's Unfinished Uprisings

Conclusion: Africa in a World of Protest

Notes
References
Index

Review Quotes
Africa Spectrum
Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change is a highly welcome contribution to the field, opening up new and refreshing perspectives on the study of contentious politics. . . . Africa Uprising provides myriad questions and answers that are likely to spark substantial new research. Readers will find an accessibly written and well-researched book that elegantly combines specific case studies with general theory-building.”
 
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