A Flawed Freedom: Rethinking Southern African Liberation

A Flawed Freedom: Rethinking Southern African Liberation

By: John S. Saul (author)Paperback

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Twenty years on from the fall of apartheid in South Africa, veteran analyst and activist John S. Saul examines the liberation struggle, placing it in a regional and global context and looking at how the initial optimism and hope has given way to a sense of crisis following soaring inequality levels and the massacre of workers at Marikana. With chapters on South Africa, Tanzania and Mozambique, Saul examines the reality of southern Africa's post-'liberation' plight, drawing on the insights of Frantz Fanon and Amilcar Cabral and assessing claims that a new 'precariat' has emerged. Saul examines the ongoing 'rebellion of the poor', including the recent Marikana massacre, that have shaken the region and may signal the possibility of a new and more hopeful future.

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John S. Saul has been, since the 1960s, an activist in support of southern African liberation both in his native Canada and in southern Africa itself; he is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 by the Canadian Association of African Studies for his writing and lecturing on South Africa.


Introduction: "Globalization Made Me Do It" vs. "The Struggle Continues" 1. The Failure of Southern African Liberation? 2. Tanzania Fifty Years On (1961-2011): Rethinking Ujamaa, Nyerere and Socialism in Africa 3. Mozambique - not Then but Now 4. On Taming a Revolution: The South African Case 5. The New Terms of Resistance: Proletariat, Precariat and the Present African Prospect 6. Conclusions: The Struggle Really Does Continue in Southern Africa Appendix: "More Comfortably Without Her?" Ruth First as Writer and Activist Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 09/04/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780745334790
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9780745334790
  • weight: 295
  • ISBN10: 0745334792

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