Three African Social Theorists on Class Struggle, Political Liberation and Indigenous Culture: Chiekh Anta Diop, Amilcar Cabral, Kwame Nkrumah

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This book is a study of the relationship between African political theory and the politics of liberation. It elucidates the dialectical inter-relationship between the political philosophical views of these thinkers and the political, social and economic contexts of their respective countries.


“This work, (in grounding the thought of the three thinkers in social and historical context), successfully attempts to correct a gap in contemporary African studies:It grounds their ideas in the urgent political struggles of their times showing their ideas and concepts to be tools-in-struggle for national independence.”
Dr. George J. Sefa Dei,
OISE, University of Toronto, Canada

“This study reveals that though the revolutionary petty bourgeoisie can launch and politically lead a revolutionary movement in Africa, they “should not be trusted to maintain it!”
Dr. Glen Reynolds,
University of Sunderland, UK

Table of Contents

Foreword by George J. Sefa Dei
PART 1 – The Politics of Marxism
Chapter 1 – Class Conflict and the State: the Politics of Marxism
Chapter 2 – Towards a Marxist Politics
Chapter 3 – Anti-Structuralism as Anti-Economism: Toward the Social Relations of Historical Change
PART 2 – The Case for a Social Historical Analysis of Political Thought: Alfred Cobban, Richard Ashcraft & Neal Wood
Chapter 4 – Alfred Cobban
Chapter 5 – Richard Ashcraft
Chapter 6 – Neil Wood
PART 3 – Class Ideology and African Political Theory
Chapter 7 – Amilcar Cabral: Revolutionary Nationalism in Buine-Bissau
Chapter 8 – Cheikh Anta Diop: Ancient Roots of African Political Independence
Chapter 9 – Kwame Nkrumah: Petit Bourgeois Spirit Murder and Populist Nationalism in Ghana
PART 4 – Class Ideology and the Politics of Liberation
Chapter 10 – Petty Bourgeois Class Ideology and the Politics of Liberation
Chapter 11 – Summary
End Notes

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