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Continuing our series on capitalism on the continent Kate Meagher writes how debates on industrial policy and the developmental state in Africa have directed attention to wider processes of class formation and economic transformation that seemed until recently to have fallen out of fashion. In this blog she looks at the transformation in the African working class....

At a ROAPE organised workshop at the ASAUK in September on 'African capitalist society' speakers reflected on the state of scholarship on capitalism in Africa and the dynamic and development of capitalism on the continent. Kate Meagher (LSE), Stefan Ouma (Frankfurt) and Jesse Ovadia (Windsor) were speakers, and Jörg Wiegratz (Leeds) and Peter Lawrence (Keele) chairs. ...

Following a recent debate on 'African Capitalist Society' organised by Jörg Wiegratz of the Review of African Political Economy at the UK African Studies Association conference in Cambridge, Stefan Ouma continues the discussion on roape.net. As Ouma points out the historical context for such a debate is very different from the 1970s and 1980s – when ROAPE was at the forefront of scholarly discussions on this topic. Ouma argues passionately for a less holistic framing of the subject matter, talking in plural terms and avoiding linear, territorial, singular or transhistorical notions of 'capitalism'....

ROAPE's Hannah Cross introduces the new special issue on women, which deepens our understanding of women’s mobilisations in Africa and elsewhere. It also urges attention to gender relations in the analysis of contestations over land, labour, political rights and other forms of protest....

Marco Mondaini and Colin Darch look at the recent shifts in Brazil’s relationship to Africa. Since 2003 changes have created space for the development of research on Africa and the broadening of research perspectives on the continent, but they must be seen in a broader context of Brazil's modern engagement with the continent. Mondaini and Darch argue that the recent constitutional 'coup' in Brazil threatens the country's developing relationship with Africa....

In a major rethinking of African workers in Europe Faisal Garba argues that precarity is nothing new, and must be approached as a continuation of a longstanding process, the understanding of which cannot be limited to contemporary capitalism but to the very nature of capitalism. Capitalism as the global politico-economic order is responsible for the desperation that drives migration, and the impoverishment of working class people everywhere. The experiences of the Global South, Garba argues, are spreading across Europe....

In the latest installment of the Popular Protest and Social Movements project for roape.net David Seddon looks at the case of Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe is currently facing a new kind of protest movement, while recent developments in the DRC mean President Kabila has just been enabled to run for a third term....