This collection of empirical and theoretical studies of social movements in Africa is a corrective to a literature that has largely ignored that continent. It shows that Africa's social movements have distinctive features that are related to its specific history.
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Stephen Ellis is a senior researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden, and Desmond Tutu professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the VU University, Amsterdam. He has published on a wide variety of African countries including Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria and South Africa. His most recent book, coauthored with Solofo Randrianja, is 'Madagascar: A Short History' (C. Hurst & Co., London). Ineke van Kessel,is a senior researcher with the African Studies Centre, Leiden. She has published extensively on anti-apartheid resistance in South Africa, notably Beyond our Wildest Dreams': the United Democratic Front and the Transformation of South Africa (University of Virginia Press), as well as on socio-political developments in post-apartheid South Africa.
Contents Acknowledgements THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES 1 Introduction: African social movements or social movements in Africa? Stephen Ellis & Ineke van Kessel 2 Social movement theory: Past, presence & prospects Jacquelien van Stekelenburg & Bert Klandermans 3 Speaking to global debates through a national and continental lens: South African and African social movements in comparative perspective Adam Habib & Paul Opoku-Mensah CASE STUDIES 4 African civil society, 'Blood Diamonds' and the Kimberley Process Lansana Gberie 5 The Islamic Courts Union: The ebb and flow of a Somali Islamist movement Jon Abbink 6 Liberia's women acting for peace: Collective action in a war-affected country Veronika Fuest 7 Nurtured from the pulpit: The emergence and growth of Malawi's democracy movement Boniface Dulani 8 Bare-foot activists: Transformations in the Haratine movement in Mauritania Zekeria Ould Ahmed Salem 9 An Islamic social movement in contemporary West Africa: NASFAT of Nigeria Benjamin Soares 10 The United Democratic Front's legacy in South Africa: Mission accomplished or vision betrayed? Ineke van Kessel 11 'Campus Cults' in Nigeria: The development of an anti-social movement Stephen Ellis Bibliography List of authors
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