Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
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From National Liberation to Democratic Renaissance in Southern Africa

From National Liberation to Democratic Renaissance in Southern Africa. Cheryl Hendricks and Lwazi Lushaba. Dakar, CODESRIA, 2005, 212 p., ISBN 2-86978-162-8

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“This collection provides a set of original essays that collectively enrich and move our understanding of Southern African societies in exciting new directions. The volume brings together an interdisciplinary team of younger and older scholars whose contributions deconstruct the dominant discourses in Southern African studies by vigorously reexamining the complex processes of national liberation and the challenges of post-liberation identity politics, democratization, and social transformation. It captures, compellingly, the historical forces and contemporary dynamics that unite, divide, and differentiate this fascinating and multifaceted region.”

Professor Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Winner of the 1994 Noma Award.

“This collection of essays is one of the most important contributions to the ongoing debate on some key aspects of the recent history and politics of Southern Africa. Unlike many texts which reduce the discussion of Southern Africa to that of South Africa, this volume examines the process of democratization and state transformation from a broad regional perspective. Stakeholders at the grassroots level, particularly in civil society, are given a voice which highlights their contributions to the ever-changing political landscape of the region. The editors have done a masterful job in weaving together essays that critically examine democratization in the Southern Africa region with an eye to the lessons learned, and their application to the rest of the continent. This is a valuable addition to the literature on democracy in Africa.”

Professor Julius Nyang’oro, Head of Department of African and African American Studies, University of North Carolina, US

The collection of papers captured in this volume offer fresh, important and critical insights into our understanding of contemporary Southern Africa in transition. Anybody who wishes to understand the region is advised to read this book

Professor Kwesi Kwa Prah, Director for the Centre for Advanced African Studies, Cape Town, South Africa

From National Liberation to Democratic Renaissance in Southern Africa broadly engages the region’s political and cultural economies and, in particular, the ways in which the legacies and the nature of the liberation movement imprint on post-liberation patterns of change and on continuing challenges. The authors draw on current discourses and theoretical interventions to revisit national liberation struggles and to address issues of identity, post-liberation state-building and democratisation. Case studies from Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe reflect concerns pertinent to the whole region, i.e., social transformation, reconciliation, democratic governance, the politics of race, ethnicity, gender and nationalism. Collectively, the chapters provide the reader with insights into current debates and practices in the region.

Cheryl Hendricks is currently the Head of the Southern Africa Human Security Program at the Institute for Security Studies. She was previously a Political Analyst at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and the Academic Manager at the Centre for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town, South Africa.

Lwazi Lushaba is currently completing his doctorate degree at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has been a recipient of several prestigious awards and fellowships. His research interests range from youth politics, political economy of the South African transition to identity and citizenship politics in transitional societies.

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July 23 2005