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.
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: 'Globalisation 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