Edited by Leo Zeilig

Haymarket Books (September 2008, world English rights)

Paper • ISBN-13: 9781931859684 • US $17 • 3.5 x 8.4 in • 224 pages


This collection of essays and interviews studies class struggle and social empowerment on the African continent.

Employing Marxist theory to address the postcolonial problems of several different countries, experts analyze such issues as the renewal of Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt, debt relief, trade union movements, and strike action. Includes interviews with leading African socialists and activists.

With contributions from Leo Zeilig, David Seddon, Anne Alexander, Dave Renton, Ahmad Hussein, Jussi Vinnikka, Femi Aborisade, Miles Larmer, Austin Muneku, Peter Dwyer, Trevor Ngwane, Munyaradzi Gwisai, Tafadzwa Choto, and Azwell Banda.


“This fascinating book fills a vacuum that has weakened the believers in Marxist resistance in Africa.”

Joseph Iranola Akinlaja, General Secretary of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Nigeria


Patrick Bond, author of Looting Africa: The Economics of Exploitation

“Read this for inspiration, for the sense that we are part of a world movement.”

Socialist Worker (London)

“Grab this book. Highly recommended.”

Tokumbo Oke, Bookmarks Review of Books


Leo Zeilig is a writer and researcher. He has written extensively on African politics and history, including books on working-class struggle and the development of revolutionary movements and biographies on some of Africa’s most important political thinkers and activists. Leo is an editor of the Review of African Political Economy—the radical African-studies journal founded by activists and scholars in 1974—and a research associate at the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.


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