POLCAN2ID#: 1991
Date: 2016-09-21
Time: 00:00:00
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Category: Call for Papers
Subject: Call for Papers - CAAS - The Future of Governance and Equality in Africa: The Impacts of Social Movements and Collective Action

A panel has been proposed to the Canadian Association of African Studies for its Annual Conference, to be held at Ryerson May 31 - June 2, 2017. Before approval of the panel, we are seeking panelists for the session outlined below. If you are interested, please submit a brief summary (50-100 words) of your proposed topic by October 15th to: logan.cochrane@gmail.com 


Proposal Panel Theme: The Future of Governance and Equality in Africa: The Impacts of Social Movements and Collective Action


Abstract: In their influential work, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson argue that the movement toward more democratic, inclusive economic and political systems occurs in response to demands by citizens to obtain political power and a larger share of economic benefits. Greater support for civil society is advocated by a broad spectrum of actors – from the World Bank to academics and practitioners as well as external commentators. Few, however, explore the diverse ways in which social movements and collective action can have positive and negative impacts – what Stephen Ndegwa called the ‘two faces of civil society.’ This panel seeks to bring together scholars studying social movements and collective action to analyze the diverse ways in which these activities interact with governance and social differentiation. Examples may be drawn from events such as the protests of the Arab Spring, movements against land grabbing, civil disobedience action against unfair distribution/use of resources. In particular this panel aims to move beyond a recognition that social movements and collection action have the potential to encourage the development of more democratic, inclusive political and economic systems. It will explore what other power dynamics – positive and negative, formal and informal, collective and individual, gendered and aged, rural and urban – are altered and (re)negotiated within these processes.



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