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Gender, Protests and Political Change in Africa

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Brings together conceptual debates based on case studies on the nature of state-building in Africa

  • Includes case studies from Sudan, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Burundi, Kenya, Egypt, South Africa and Senegal

  • Offers an alternative way of thinking about state-building and structural change that goes beyond the system-based approaches that dominate scholarship on democratization and political systems

Part of the book series: Gender, Development and Social Change (GDSC)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    • Awino Okech
    Pages 1-11
  3. Youth-Hood, Gender and Feminist Dissent

    • Awino Okech
    Pages 13-34
  4. Student Movements and Autocracies in Africa

    • Wadeisor Rukato
    Pages 35-60Open Access
  5. Fallist Feminist Futures in South Africa

    • Princess Mpelo Malebye
    Pages 61-80
  6. A Revolution Deferred: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Egypt

    • Radwa Saad, Sara Soumaya Abed
    Pages 81-106Open Access
  7. The Revolution Continues: Sudanese Women’s Activism

    • Sarah O. Nugdalla
    Pages 107-130Open Access
  8. Women and the Anglophone Struggle in Cameroon

    • Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh
    Pages 131-147
  9. Democratic Reversals in Burundi

    • Patrick Hajayandi
    Pages 149-172
  10. Embodying Protest: Feminist Organizing in Kenya

    • Felogene Anumo, Awuor Onyango
    Pages 201-224
  11. Correction to: Gender, Protests and Political Change in Africa

    • Funmi Olonisakin
    Pages C1-C1Open Access
  12. Back Matter

    Pages 225-258

About this book

“This edited collection elevates the complexities and contradictions of social movement dynamics and outcomes. … No doubt this book will be relevant for a long time as protests and social movements become hallmarks of our common political struggles of resistance and resilience. I see activists reading this book and self-checking on how the social movements they have been a part of have delivered for ‘the common good!’”

—Ndana Bofu-Tawamba, Executive Director, Urgent Action Fund Africa, Kenya

“A thought-provoking edited collection that examines contemporary dissent and resistance to authoritarianism in Africa through the intersection of youth, gender and transformation. … It should be widely read by scholars, activists and politicians globally.”

—Cheryl Hendricks, Africa Institute of South Africa, Human Sciences Research Council

This book brings together conceptual debates on the impact of youth-hood and  gender on state building in Africa. It offers contemporary and interdisciplinary  analyses on the role of protests as an alternative route for citizens to challenge  the ballot box as the only legitimate means of ensuring freedom. Drawing on case  studies from seven African countries, the contributors focus on specific political  moments in their respective countries to offer insights into how the state/society  social contract is contested through informal channels, and how political power  functions to counteract citizen’s voices. These contributions offer a different way  of thinking about state-building and structural change that goes beyond the  system-based approaches that dominate scholarship on democratization and  political structures. In effect, it provides a basis for organizers and social  movements to consider how to build solidarity beyond influencing government  institutions.

 Awino Okech is a Lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK.

Chapters 3, 5, and 6 are available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via link.springer.com.


Keywords

  • Protest
  • Social Movements
  • Gender Justice
  • Autocracies
  • Governance
  • Democracy
  • Gender
  • Africa
  • Development

Reviews

"This book is an important contribution by young African scholars and practitioners on current (and age old) challenges on the continent. Its key strength lies in the intersectional approach it adopts to assessing youth-led mass protests attempts to dislodge and transform current formations of State power across the continent, captured as they are by corporate, securocrat and local elite alliances and interests. Given that mass protests are becoming in many instances far more effective than elections in removing autocratic rulers, it is necessary to draw a spotlight on them to understand their inherent strengths and weaknesses. This book says what needs to be said at this moment in our history. It is a bold, and timely intervention."

Sarah Mukasa, Deputy Director, Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa

"In an era where technology and state capture coupled with increased surveillance and erosions of rights are all moving at lightning speed on the African continent, young womxn are on the frontlines speaking out against injustices, charting new paths, experimenting with creative tactics and embracing informal organising models as opposed to those of formal NGOs. This edited collection is timely in providing a window into the current opportunities and challenges that arise in confronting state power on these terms."

 Shereen Essof, Executive Director, Just Associates

Editors and Affiliations

  • Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London, London, UK

    Awino Okech

About the editor

Awino Okech is a Lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK.


Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook
USD 119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-46343-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)