Thinking Freedom in Africa Toward a theory of emancipatory politics
Neocosmos, M., author.

Thinking Freedom in Africa Toward a theory of emancipatory politics

Neocosmos, M., author.


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Neocosmos, M., author.

Publication Information
Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, 2018 (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
Johannesburg, South Africa : Wits University Press, 2016. (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)

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Introduction : Politics is thought, thought is real, people think -- part 1. Thinking political sequences : from African history to African historical political sequences -- 1. Theoretical introduction : understanding historical political sequences -- 2. From Saint-Domingue to Haiti : the politics of freedom and equality, 1791-1960 -- 3. Are those-who-do-not-count capable of reason? On the limits of historical thought -- 4. The National Liberation Struggle mode of politics in Africa, 1945-1975 -- 5. The People's Power mode of politics in South Africa, 1984-1986 -- 6. From national emancipation to national chauvinism in South Africa, 1973-2013 -- 7. Rethinking militancy in the current sequence : beyond politics as agency -- 8. Understanding fidelity to the South African emancipatory event : the Treatment Action Campaign and Abahlali baseMjondolo -- part 2. Opening up the thought of politics in Africa today : exceeding the limits of sociology : beyond representation -- 9. Theoretical introduction : social representation, modes of rule and political prescriptions -- 10. Marxism and the politics of representation : the 'agrarian question' and the limits of political economy--class, nation and the party-state -- 11. Thinking beyond representation, acting beyond representation : accounting for worker subjectivities in South Africa -- 12. Renaming the state in Africa today -- 13. Domains of state politics and systemic violence : the concept of 'uncivil society' -- 14. The domain of civil society and its politics -- 15. The domain of traditional society and its politics -- 16. Towards a politics of solidarity : feminist contributions -- Conclusion : reclaiming the domain of freedom.

Previous ways of conceiving the universal emancipation of humanity have in practice ended in failure. Marxism, anti-colonial nationalism and neo-liberalism all understand the achievement of universal emancipation through a form of state politics. Marxism, which had encapsulated the idea of freedom for most of the twentieth century, was found wanting when it came to thinking emancipation because social interests and identities were understood as simply reflected in political subjectivity which could only lead to statist authoritarianism. Neo-liberalism and anti-colonial nationalism have also both assumed that freedom is realisable through the state, and have been equally authoritarian in their relations to those they have excluded on the African continent and elsewhere.

Personal Subject
Lazarus, Sylvain-Political and social views.
Ranciere, Jacques- Political and social views.
Badiou, Alain-Political and social views.
Fanon, Frantz, 1925-1961-Political and social views.

Subject Term
Liberty -- Philosophy.
Political science -- Philosophy.

Geographic Term
Africa -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Africa -- History -- 20th century.

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