Stephen Ellis is a senior researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden, and Desmond Tutu professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the VU University, Amsterdam. He has published on a wide variety of African countries including Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria and South Africa. His most recent book, coauthored with Solofo Randrianja, is 'Madagascar: A Short History' (C. Hurst & Co., London).
Ineke van Kessel,is a senior researcher with the African Studies Centre, Leiden. She has published extensively on anti-apartheid resistance in South Africa, notably Beyond our Wildest Dreams': the United Democratic Front and the Transformation of South Africa (University of Virginia Press), as well as on socio-political developments in post-apartheid South Africa.
All those interested in social movement theory, social activism in Africa, contemporary socio-political and religious movements in Africa, Islam in Africa, global linkages with diasporic communities.
Table of contents
1 Introduction: African social movements or social movements in Africa? Stephen Ellis & Ineke van Kessel
2 Social movement theory: Past, presence & prospects Jacquelien van Stekelenburg & Bert Klandermans
3 Speaking to global debates through a national and continental lens: South African and African social movements in comparative perspective Adam Habib & Paul Opoku-Mensah
4 African civil society, ‘Blood Diamonds’ and the Kimberley Process Lansana Gberie
5 The Islamic Courts Union: The ebb and flow of a Somali Islamist movement Jon Abbink
6 Liberia’s women acting for peace: Collective action in a war-affected country Veronika Fuest
7 Nurtured from the pulpit: The emergence and growth of Malawi’s democracy movement Boniface Dulani
8 Bare-foot activists: Transformations in the Haratine movement in Mauritania Zekeria Ould Ahmed Salem
9 An Islamic social movement in contemporary West Africa: NASFAT of Nigeria Benjamin Soares
10 The United Democratic Front’s legacy in South Africa: Mission accomplished or vision betrayed? Ineke van Kessel
11 ‘Campus Cults’ in Nigeria: The development of an anti-social movement Stephen Ellis
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