January 2016 - ROAPE
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January 2016

In the final essay in the series Radical Agendas in South Africa, Vishwas Satgar sees the possibility of a movement for socialism emerging in South Africa grounded in a collective leadership, a democratically conceived and commonly agreed program and a political division of labour in which a party is merely a tactical device in a mass transformative strategy....

On the fifth anniversary of the Egyptian revolution Brecht De Smet writes that the events in 2011 remain an inspiration for contemporary radical politics. However the counter-revolutionary Egyptian state holds the mirror up to the core countries of the West, which can recognize their own policies in the peripheral, broken reflection of an authoritarian, debt-ridden, and unstable regime....

In the fifth installment of Radical Agendas in South Africa, Jacklyn Cock sees the building blocks of eco-socialism, food sovereignty, energy democracy, transformational feminism and environmental justice, gaining momentum. New social forms, she writes, are emerging around these ideas that embody fragments of a vision of an alternative post-capitalist future....

In the forth essay in the series Radical Agendas in South Africa, writer and academic Shireen Hassim writes that economic policy debates simply pay lip-service to the gendered forms of production and reproduction, leaving these connections to be made by the small number of overburdened feminist activists. It is a rare event when there is attention to gender dimensions of inequality in the writings of the male left....

In this obituary of the academic John Peel, Caroline Ifeka writes how unlike post-modern scholars of religion and change whose cultural constructionism apparently exists in a bubble, floating freely in the writer’s head unanchored to the people in question, John’s analyses were soundly embedded in and integrated with ethnographically rich empirical data....

Poursuivant notre collaboration avec Afriques en Lutte, Bruno Jaffré écrit que le Burkina a voté pour d’anciens proches de Blaise Compaoré renversé pourtant à la suite d’une puissante insurrection populaire. Cela, Jaffré écrit, peut paraitre paradoxal mais ce résultat est pourtant logique en regard de la réalité de la situation politique du pays. ...

Miles Larmer reviews Lara Pawson's In the Name of the People, seeing in the book an exploration of the disillusionment with African national liberation. These are lessons, Miles writes, that continue to be highly instructive for many of us today...