Class Struggle and Resistance in Africa
“This fascinating book fills a vacuum that has weakened the believers in Marxist resistance in Africa.”—Joseph Iranola Akinlaja, general secretary of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Nigeria
“[An] excellent collection.”—Socialist Review
“Read this for inspiration, for the sense that we are part of a world movement.”—Socialist Worker (London)
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This collection of essays and interviews studies class struggle and social empowerment on the African continent.
Employing Marxist theory to address the postcolonial problems of several different countries, experts analyze such issues as the renewal of Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt, debt relief, trade union movements, and strike action. Includes interviews with leading African socialists and activists.
With contributions from Leo Zeilig, David Seddon, Anne Alexander, Dave Renton, Ahmad Hussein, Jussi Vinnikka, Femi Aborisade, Miles Larmer, Austin Muneku, Peter Dwyer, Trevor Ngwane, Munyaradzi Gwisai, Tafadzwa Choto, and Azwell Banda.
Leo Zeilig coordinated the independent media center in Zimbabwe during the presidential elections of 2002 and, prior to this, worked as a lecturer at Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. He then worked for three years as a lecturer and researcher at Brunel University, moving later to the Center of Sociological Research at the University of Johannesburg. He has written on the struggle for democratic change, social movements, and student activism in sub-Saharan Africa. Zeilig is co-author of The Congo: Plunder and Resistance 1880–2005.
adjustment, pp. 154-62. 71. A. El-Mahdi, `The economic reform programme in Egypt after 4 years of implementation, in El-Mahdi,Aspects of Structural Adjustment, p. 28. 72. Mitchell,'Dreamland'. 73. Ibid. 74. J. Stork, `Egypt's factory privatization campaign turns deadly', Middle East Report (January-February 1995), available at http://www.merip.org. 75. F. Farag, `Strike season hits the factories, AlAhram Weekly, 30 July-5 August 1998. 76. See M. Pripstein Posusney, Labor and the State in
in government and in positions of political power. The solution according to this formula is simply the search for honest, courageous people to lead Africa out of the contemporary impasse. 8. See a recent collection on some of these questions: C. Barker, A. Johnson and M. Lavalette (eds), Leadership and Social Movements (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001). 9. Abdoulaye Bathily, Mai 68 a Dakar-ou la revolte universitaire et la democratie (Paris: Editions Chaka, 1992), p. 80. 10.
than just policies. In North Africa, with the exception of Libya, every state experienced major outbreaks of popular protest against the economic reform and liberalization policies of their governments during the decade 1977-87. They started in Egypt in 1977, when the government's decision to raise food and gas prices as part of a program of financial stringency and economic reform designed under the auspices of the IMF, provoked long and fierce rioting in major cities across the country. The
Coca-Cola, and Microsoft instead of British redcoats? "Globalization," to use the buzzword of the early twenty-first century, is after all simply a later stage in the old-fashioned process of nineteenth-century "imperialism." Both describe capitalist expansion, in particular the intensification of the restless search to find new markets, new avenues for investments, and new profits. As Karl Marx wrote over 150 years ago, "The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the
pressure from below, to play an important political role at all stages of Zambian history, while maintaining that their role was essentially economic. This contradictory maintenance of an artificial division between economics and politics was in part a defensive reaction to authoritarian colonial and postcolonial governments, which constantly warned unions not to get mixed up in politics. It also reflects the contradictions that beset all union bureaucracies, which may challenge the ways in which