L'anarchisme africain: l'histoire d'un mouvement

Sam Mbah & I.E. Igariwey, “African Anarchism: The History of A Movement”, public translation into French from English More about this translation.

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African Anarchism: The History of A Movement

L'anarchisme africain: l'histoire d'un mouvement

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African Anarchism: The History of A Movement

L'anarchisme africain: l'histoire d'un mouvement

History of edits (Latest: anarchistcat 11 months, 1 week ago) §


Author Preface

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Chapter 1: What Is Anarchism?

What Anarchism is not

Origins of Anarcho-Syndicalism

Chapter 2: Anarchism In History

Chapter 3: Anarchistic Precedents in Africa

African Communalism

Stateless Societies in Africa

The Igbo

The Niger Delta Peoples

The Tallensi

Colonialism and the Incorporation of Africa into the World Capitalist Economy

The Impact of Incorporation

Class Formation in Post-Colonial Africa

African Socialism

Is There an African Anarchism?

Chapter 4: The Development of Socialism in Africa

The Trade Union Movement and the Liberation Struggle in Africa

The Nigerian Labor Union Movement

The South African Labor Movement

The “Revolution” in Guinea

The Awareness League: an African Anarchist Movement

Chapter 5: The Failure of Socialism in Africa

State Capitalism and Instability

The Military Factor

Political Corruption and Social Instability: Case Studies of Ghana and Nigeria

Structural Adjustment, Electoralism and Africa’s Future

The Human Rights Question

Chapter 6: Obstacles to the Development of Anarchism in Africa

Colonial Education

The Legal System

The Military Class and the Status Quo

Ethnic Versus Class Consciousness

Religious and Cultural Factors

International Solidarity

Chapter 7: Anarchism’s Future in Africa

Anarchism in a World Context

The African Condition

Anarchism and the National Question in Africa

Anarchism — The Way Forward for Africa



This first-of-its-kind book should be of use to everyone with an interest in either Africa or anarchism. Authors Sam Mbah and I.E. Igariwey begin by lucidly explaining the basic principles and practices of anarchism. After outlining what anarchism is and is not, they go on to compare anarchism’s principles and practices to those of other social-change ideologies, specifically to marxist socialism.

The authors then move on to Africa, exploring at length the “anarchistic elements” in many traditional (pre-colonial) African societies. Next they examine the devastating effects of colonialism on Africa’s traditional societies and on Africa’s economic and political structures, as well as the horrendous problems left in the wake of colonialism: underdeveloped, debt-ridden dependent economies with huge disparities between rich and poor; violent ethnic antagonisms caused by the deliberate setting of ethnic group against ethnic group, and by the creation of artificial national boundaries; and European-style governments, legal and educational systems, and military forces, all quite unsuited to African conditions.

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