The democratic process is messy, complicated and often inefficient — but across Africa, activists are redefining democracy by putting protest at its center. In an illuminating talk, political scientist Zachariah Mampilly gives us a primer on the current wave of protests reshaping countries like Tunisia, Malawi and Zimbabwe — and explains how this form of political dissension expands our political imaginations beyond what we’re told is possible.
Barrel of a gun
The Arab Spring
- He believes protests should be at the center of a new type of democracy?
- African societies have tried to use violence to influence a state.
- Who is
Thiat? What did he do?
- In Africa, protesting is rare and not normally used?
- When was the first wave of African protests in the world?
- The ongoing third wave is correcting the __________________ of the earlier two. If the first wave brought _________________ but not
democracy, and the second, elections but only for the ______________ , then it is the third wave that is most concerned with ____________________ democracy into the rule of the people.
- Why is there an increase in protests in Africa?
- What three things can we learn from African protests?
- False, African societies have turned to peaceful protest to make change happen.
- A rapper from Senegal and he led a movement to stop the President from taking a third term.
- False. It is the norm.
- The 1940s and 1950s in Africa.
- shortcomings, liberation, elites, transforming.
- Many factors, large youth population, fast-growing economy, growing
- Democracy must begin with people. Protests are messy but powerful. Protests allow for new
polticalimaginations to occur.
- Do you feel that protests are effective in making lasting change?
- Does democracy have its limits?
- What would be a suitable alternative to democracy? Will people be fulfilled by it?
- Do you think people expect too much from the government?
- Have the “elites” made life harder for working people?
- Have people become disillusioned by democracy?