Class Struggle and Resistance in Africa


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The African continent has been central to the project of capitalist globalization, and the dominance of Western economic and geopolitical interests continues to profoundly shape Africa’s internal dynamics in the postcolonial period.

This collection of essays and interviews from leading activists and socialists offers critical insights into class struggle and social empowerment across the continent. Assessing contemporary flashpoints of conflict and struggle, experts examine the renewal of Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt; advance a critical appraisal of South Africa’s post-Apartheid government; document the deepening crisis in Zimbabwe; and chart trade union resistance in Nigeria and Zambia. These accounts also offer crucial contributions to discussions over neoliberal governance, debt relief, social agency among the urban poor, trade unionism, and strike action.

With contributions from Leo Zeilig, David Seddon, Anne Alexander, Dave Renton, Ahmad Hussein, Jussi Vinnikka, Femi Aborisade, Miles Larmer, Austin Muneku, Peter Dwyer, Trevor Ngwane, Munyaradzi Gwisai, Tafadzwa Choto, and Azwell Banda.

“Zeilig’s collection represents not just fine writing and critical analysis, but also offers rare insights into the trials and tribulations of a crucial sector of the world’s potentially socialist forces. If a future African social architecture is constructed brick by brick from below, rather than suffering more shaky structures imposed top-down by venal elites from the US, Europe and China, then this book is vital to understanding its foundations.”
—Patrick Bond, author, Looting Africa: The Economics of Exploitation

About the author

Leo Zeilig is a lecturer at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, Senior Visiting Fellow, South African Research Chair in Social Change, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, and editor of Class Struggle and Resistance in Africa.


“This fascinating book fills a vacuum that has weakened the believers in Marxist resistance in Africa.”
—Joseph Iranola Akinlaja, General Secretary, National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Nigeria

“If you want first-rate knowledge about what is happening in Africa, and wish to cut through the nonsense reported in the Western media about Africa, grab this book…Highly recommended.”
—Tokumbo Oke, Bookmarks Review of Books

—Patrick Bond

“[An] excellent collection.”
—Alex Callinicos, Socialist Review

“Read this for inspiration, for the sense that we are part of a world movement.”
—Socialist Worker (London)

Additional information

Weight 394 g
Dimensions 20 × 13.3 × 2 cm