From Egypt to South Africa, Nigeria to Ethiopia, a new force for political change is emerging across Africa: popular protest. Widespread urban uprisings by youth, the unemployed, trade unions, activists, writers, artists, and religious groups are challenging injustice and inequality. What is driving this new wave of protest? Is it the key to substantive political change? Drawing on interviews and in-depth analysis, Adam Branch and Zachariah Mampilly offer a penetrating assessment of contemporary African protests, situating the current popular activism within its historical and regional contexts.
Adam Branch is a Fellow at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, where he lectures in politics and international studies. He is the author of Displacing Human Rights: War and Intervention in Northern Uganda as well as articles and book chapters on political violence, humanitarian intervention, and international law, largely focused on East Africa. Zachariah Mampilly is director of the programme in Africana studies and associate professor of political science and international studies at Vassar College. From 2012 to 2013 he was a Fulbright visiting professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Dar es Salaam. He is the author of Rebel Rulers: Insurgent Governance and Civilian Life during War as well as articles and essays on the history and politics of Africa and South Asia.
Acknowledgments 1. Protests and Possibilities 2. Mobs or Mobilizers? Nkrumah, Fanon and Anti-Colonial Protest 3. A Democratic Transition? Anti-Austerity Protests and the Limits of Reform 4. The Third Wave of African protest 5. The Precipitous Rise and Fall of Occupy Nigeria 6. Political Walking in Uganda 7. Protest and Counter-Protest in Ethiopia 8. 'We are Fed Up!' Sudan's Unfinished Uprisings Conclusion: Africa in a World of Protest Notes References Index