Issues In The Contemporary Politics Of Sub-Saharan Africa / Edition 1

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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.

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"Interesting, well considered, and skillfully applies the main themes through recourse to examples...a valuable addition to the teaching materials on African politics." —Chris Alden, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333786352
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Graham Harrison is Lecturer in Politics, University of Sheffield.

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Table of Contents

Introducing Political Struggle as Contemporary African Politics
• Analyzing Political Struggle
• Structure and Struggle
• Africa and the Politics of Representation
• Further Reading
Peasants, Politics, and the Struggle for Development
• Moving Beyond the Prejudices
• Conceptualizing the Peasantry
• Peasants and Culture
• Exit the Peasant, Enter the Smallholder?
• Which way Forward?
• Peasant-State Relations
• Further Reading
The Politics of Debt and Social Struggle
• Introduction
• The Creation of a Permanent Crisis
• The Social Repercussions of Structural Adjustment
• Politics and Resistance in the Age of Structural Adjustment
• Further Reading
Contesting Democratization
• Introduction
• Evaluating Change
• Democratization and Political Activity
• Recognizing the Limits
• Structure and Struggle
• Western Involvement in Democratization
• Further Reading
New African Identities
• Introducing Political Identity
• Culture, Identity, and Class
• Youth, Violence, and Urban Protest
• Towards a Resolution of Identity, Class, and Struggle
• Further Reading
Political Struggle as History
• Late Decolonization
• Early Independence
• Regional War and Rural Violence
• Structural Adjustment and Peace
• Writing in Political Struggle
• Independence
• First Military Period
• Second Republic
• Second Military Period
• Writing in Political Struggle
Burkina Faso
• Before Revolution
• Revolution
• 'Rectification' of the Revolution
• Writing in Political Struggle
• Further Reading
Defending the Idea of Struggle
• The Death of Political Struggle?
• Political Struggle and Liberation?
• Further Reading

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