This book offers a fresh analysis of third wave popular protests in Africa, shedding light on the complex dynamics between political change and continuity in contemporary Africa.

The book argues that protests are simultaneously products and generators of change in that they are triggered by micro-and-macrosocial changes, but they also have the capacity to transform the nature of politics. By examining the triggers, actors, political opportunities, resources and framing strategies, the contributors shed light onto tangible (e.g. policy implementation, liberal reforms, political alternation) and intangible (e.g. perceptions, imagination, awareness) forms of change elicited by protests. It reveals the relevant role of African protests as engines of democracy, accountability and collective knowledge.

Bringing popular protests in authoritarian and democratic settings into discussion, this book will be of interest to scholars of African politics, democracy and protest movements.

chapter 1|18 pages


Zooming in on Protest and Change in Africa
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chapter 2|20 pages

Shaking up Democracy from Below

Protest and Change in Cabo Verde
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chapter 3|17 pages

Popular Protest, Resources, and Political Opportunities in Ghana

Contextualising the case of Occupy Ghana
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chapter 4|17 pages

Y'en a Marre

Catalyst for an Indocility Grammar in Senegal
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chapter 6|18 pages

Feminist Demands, Opportunities, and Frames

Strategic Silencing within Morocco's February 20 Movement?
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chapter 7|19 pages

Social Movements in Rural Africa

How and why Mozambican State Closed the Prosavana Program
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chapter 10|18 pages

From Voting to Walking

The 2011 Walk-to-Work Protest Movement in Uganda
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chapter 13|14 pages


Comparative Implications and new Directions
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