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By Peter Dwyer, Leo Zeilig

ISBN-10: 1608463087

ISBN-13: 9781608463084

This groundbreaking research examines the earnings, contradictions, and frustrations of twenty-first century prodemocracy struggles throughout Southern Africa.

Three top Africa students examine the social forces using the democratic transformation of postcolonial states throughout southern Africa. wide learn and interviews with civil society organizers in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, and Swaziland tell this research of the demanding situations confronted by way of non-governmental enterprises in concerning either to the attendant inequality of globalization and to grassroots struggles for social justice.

About the Authors:
Peter Dwyer is a teach in economics at Ruskin collage in Oxford.
Leo Zeilig Lecturer on the Institute of Commonwealth reports, college of London.

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Admittedly, a few individu30 An intellectual in power als were to be found in the universities who went against the general mould, but the pattern was for the universities to be replicas of their western peers. As Mwalimu Nyerere stated, ‘Our universities have aimed at understanding western society, and being understood by western society, apparently assuming that by this means they were preparing their students to be – and themselves being – of service to African society’. The University of Dar es Salaam was the first in the region to break out of this mould.

What have we actually learnt from the past experience of attempts to build a free and egalitarian society, which is self-reliant? Does the past still stand as a model for the present and the future? Is there anything like wisdom that was represented by Mwalimu Nyerere, which can be considered to be part of a collective memory of how things were and should be done and therefore ought to be done? In sum what have we learnt from the past in the course of adopting neoliberal policies since the late 1980s apart from feeling proud or celebrating some arbitrary choice of landmarks such as ‘unity and togetherness’ or what we consider to be the ‘good’ heritage left by the Father of the Nation?

In sum, economic growth has taken precedence over everything else, the degeneration of the population and the misery of the working people, as a result of exploitation, slave wages, exploitative terms of trade for rural produce, the alienation of land and the expropriation of natural and mineral resources, which has increased over the years notwithstanding. It is claimed that it is economics and not politics which determines everything in the contemporary world, since the cold war is over and the world has become one.

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