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African Struggles Today
Social Movements Since Independence
This groundbreaking analysis examines the gains, contradictions, and frustrations of twenty-first century prodemocracy struggles across Southern Africa

Three leading Africa scholars investigate the social forces driving the democratic transformation of postcolonial states across southern Africa. Extensive research and interviews with civil society organizers in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, and Swaziland inform this analysis of the challenges faced by non-governmental organizations in relating both to the attendant inequality of globalization and to grassroots struggles for social justice.


Peter Dwyer is a tutor in economics at Ruskin College in Oxford.


Leo Zeilig Lecturer at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.

Reviews
  • "[The] experience of explosive movements for change therefore has to be set against their limitations - including the question of political leadership and organisation and the ideological underpinning of the revolts. Such questions are not of importance for Africans or people who are interested in African politics alone: they concern questions that face activists everywhere. Therefore this history and analysis deserves much wider circulation. Readers who may have knowledge of one part of Africa will gain from the detailed analysis of countries that they are less familiar with."
    —Charlie Kimber, Socialist Review
  • "[The] experience of explosive movements for change therefore has to be set against their limitations - including the question of political leadership and organisation and the ideological underpinning of the revolts. Such questions are not of importance for Africans or people who are interested in African politics alone: they concern questions that face activists everywhere. Therefore this history and analysis deserves much wider circulation. Readers who may have knowledge of one part of Africa will gain from the detailed analysis of countries that they are less familiar with."
    —Charlie Kimber, Socialist Review

Other books by Peter Dwyer and Leo Zeilig

  • Voices of Liberation

    A perfect introduction to one of the most influential figures in the fields of post-colonial studies, critical theory, and Marxism.
  • Class Struggle and Resistance in Africa

    Edited by Leo Zeilig
    This collection of essays and interviews studies class struggle and social empowerment on the African continent.