ISBN 9782869781627
Pages 216
Dimensions 229 x 152 mm
Published 2006
Publisher CODESRIA, Senegal
Format Paperback

From National Liberation to Democratic Renaissance in Southern Africa

Continuities and Disjunctures in the Discourse and Practices

edited by Cheryl Hendricks, Lwazi Lushaba

Today, much research is being devoted to the key actors and factors of the southern African liberation project: the dynamism of post-liberation statecraft; the pursuit of truth and reconciliation; affirmative action and black economic empowerment; post-liberation identities and xenophobia; the problems and prospects of democratic renewal; post- liberation economics from the point of view of national liberation projects; regionalism, regional initiatives such as NEPAD; the region’s relationship with the rest of the continent; and diaspora linkages.

Bringing together an interdisciplinary team of scholars, this collection of essays intends to enrich and move our understanding of southern African societies, and to contribute to the policies and scholarship of the region, in a pan-African context. The authors aim to vigorously re-examine the complex processes of national liberation and the challenges of post-liberation identity politics, democratisation and social transformation. They further engage with political and cultural economies, in order to challenge and deconstruct dominant discourses in southern African studies and historiography. Taken collectively, the chapters constitute critical reflections on the southern African component of the pan-African ideal, the ongoing quest for a democratic renaissance and greater regional cooperation and integration.

Book Preview


"…captures, compellingly, the historical forces and contemporary dynamics that unite, divide and differentiate this fascinating and multifaceted region."

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

"…one of the most important contributions to the ongoing debates about the key aspects of recent history and politics in South Africa."

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

"…offer[s] fresh, important and critical insights into our understanding of contemporary southern Africa in transition."

Professor Kwesi Kwaa Prah, Director for the Centre for Advanced African Societies (CASAS), Cape Town, South Africa

About the Editors

Cheryl Hendricks

Cheryl Hendricks is currently the Head of the Southern Africa Human Security Programme at the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa. She was previously a political analyst at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town.

Lwazi Lushaba

Lwazi Siyabonga Lushaba is from South Africa. He currently teaches Political Science at the University of Fort Hare. He has previously been a Visiting Fellow at the African Studies Centre, Leiden – Netherlands. 

Related Books