ISBN 9781928331223
Pages 280
Dimensions 254 x 178mm
Published 2016
Publisher African Minds Publishers, South Africa
Format Paperback

Student Politics in Africa

Representation and Activism

edited by Thierry Luescher-Mamashela, Manja Klemenčič, James Otieno Jowi

The second volume of the African Higher Education Dynamics Series brings together the research of an international network of higher education scholars with interest in higher education and student politics in Africa. Most authors are early career academics who teach and conduct research in universities across the continent, and who came together for a research project and related workshops and a symposium on student representation in African higher education governance. The book includes theoretical chapters on student organising, student activism and representation; chapters on historical and current developments in student politics in Anglophone and Francophone Africa; and in-depth case studies on student representation and activism in a cross-section of universities and countries. The book provides a unique resource for academics, university leaders and student affairs professionals as well as student leaders and policy-makers in Africa and elsewhere.

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"This is an excellent book and will be the benchmark on its topic for a considerable period. It focuses on a theme that has not been much discussed in the literature and is very important for policy-makers and the academic community to think about.”

Professor Philip G Altbach, Emeritus, Boston College

"A work by so many authors with diverse backgrounds bound by the common thread of student representation in higher education governance in Africa. Well-researched and well-documented.”

Professor Bahru Zewde, Emeritus, University of Addis Ababa

"The book provides a 21st-century baseline review of student governance in a cross section of universities and countries in sub-Saharan Africa and indicates how student participation has evolved since the student movements of the 1960s. It provides evidence that the challenges of leadership, ethnic cleavages and good governance are already evident at the level of student leadership, often reflecting a national ethos influenced by political parties.”

Claudia Frittelli, Programme Officer, Carnegie Corporation of New York

About the Editors

Thierry Luescher-Mamashela

Dr Thierry Luescher-Mamashela is at the University of the Western Cape.

Manja Klemenčič

Dr Manja Klemenčič received her PhD in International Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK. She is a fellow and lecturer in sociology at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University and an associate research fellow at the Centre of Educational Policy Studies, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her research interests are in the sociology of higher education; higher education policy and universities in the context of globalisation; student political behaviour: student movements and student unionism; student culture; and comparative politics. Manja is a former secretary-general of the European Students’ Union. Her publications include guest editing two special issues on student governance in Western Europe in the European Journal of Higher Education 2012 and on global perspectives in Studies in Higher Education (2014), and several articles and book chapters. She is editor-inchief of the European Journal of Higher Education.

James Otieno Jowi

Mr James Otieno Jowi teaches Comparative and International Education in the School of Education, Moi University, Kenya. He is also currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente, Netherlands, and was a student leader at the University of Oslo, Norway, and Moi University, Kenya. Jowi is the founding executive director and secretary-general of the African Network for International-isation of Education (ANIE). He has published on the internationalisation of higher education in Africa, as well as on matters of student leadership, management and governance in higher education.

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