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Pan Africanism, The Liberation of Southern Africa and Pro Democracy Movements: Reclaiming and Reformulating the Narrative of Democracy and Social Justice in Africa

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Pan Africanism, The Liberation of Southern Africa and Pro Democracy Movements: Reclaiming and Reformulating the Narrative of Democracy and Social Justice in Africa Within the context of endogenous African ideation this essay modifies the positioning of the pro-democracy movement in Africa. Incorporating an Africana theoretical perspective this paper analyses contested cultural and epistemological terrain in regards to Africa and the experiences of African peoples and the struggle to valorize indigenous community cognitive interests and knowledge. The paper posits that there are culturally accessible alternatives of social organization and socio-cultural narrative informed by indigenous knowledge articulated within indigenous Africana social discourse but remain excluded, traumatized and hidden from official policy formulation, social reconstruction programs and academic reflections regarding the Africana world. The paper challenges the occidental global narrative and the current distillation of democracy and the movement for democratic societies in Africa and the African Diaspora to multi-party electoral politics, free market economics and growth of civil society organizations. It relocates the pro-democracy narrative in Africa within a historical continuum of the movements and struggles for social justice by African people. Utilizing Pan Africanism and the liberation struggles of southern Africa the essay counters the current narrative that pro-democracy sentiments in Africa have only recently found space for articulation as phenomenon facilitated by exogenous factors put into motion by the end of the cold war and the defeat (sic) of socialism and the Soviet Union by the United States and its allies; And thereby confirming the preeminence of western neo-liberal free market democracy, the inevitability of capitalism and the correctness of ideological assertions of the Washington consensus. Contextualizing the events of the liberation wars and independence struggles and substantiating motivations as narrative the paper explores the idea of voice and social construction through human agency. It affirms the expression of the spirit and values of democracy and the movements promoting these values found collective articulation in the initial resistance to conquest and the subsequent anti-racist, anti-colonial, anti-imperialists struggles throughout the continent of Africa and the African Diaspora. The liberation wars of southern Africa and the Pan African cooperative solidarity supporting these emancipatory and democratic aspirations embody the essence of democracy located within indigenous African values and informed by endogenous African ideation of social justice. The collective actions of liberation and the Pan African cooperative solidarity emerged as people based responses by Africans as oppressed nationalities to the undemocratic institutions and global social organization established through colonialism, imperial developmentalism and the shared experiences of the brutalities of racism and economic injustice that characterized the conquest, enslavement and colonization, developmental and globalization process of occidental socio-cultural expansion and global hegemon.
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Bunting, Ikaweba. "Pan Africanism, The Liberation of Southern Africa and Pro Democracy Movements: Reclaiming and Reformulating the Narrative of Democracy and Social Justice in Africa" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies, Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, Atlanta, GA, <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p371371_index.html>

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Bunting, I. "Pan Africanism, The Liberation of Southern Africa and Pro Democracy Movements: Reclaiming and Reformulating the Narrative of Democracy and Social Justice in Africa" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies, Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, Atlanta, GA <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p371371_index.html

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Abstract: Pan Africanism, The Liberation of Southern Africa and Pro Democracy Movements: Reclaiming and Reformulating the Narrative of Democracy and Social Justice in Africa Within the context of endogenous African ideation this essay modifies the positioning of the pro-democracy movement in Africa. Incorporating an Africana theoretical perspective this paper analyses contested cultural and epistemological terrain in regards to Africa and the experiences of African peoples and the struggle to valorize indigenous community cognitive interests and knowledge. The paper posits that there are culturally accessible alternatives of social organization and socio-cultural narrative informed by indigenous knowledge articulated within indigenous Africana social discourse but remain excluded, traumatized and hidden from official policy formulation, social reconstruction programs and academic reflections regarding the Africana world. The paper challenges the occidental global narrative and the current distillation of democracy and the movement for democratic societies in Africa and the African Diaspora to multi-party electoral politics, free market economics and growth of civil society organizations. It relocates the pro-democracy narrative in Africa within a historical continuum of the movements and struggles for social justice by African people. Utilizing Pan Africanism and the liberation struggles of southern Africa the essay counters the current narrative that pro-democracy sentiments in Africa have only recently found space for articulation as phenomenon facilitated by exogenous factors put into motion by the end of the cold war and the defeat (sic) of socialism and the Soviet Union by the United States and its allies; And thereby confirming the preeminence of western neo-liberal free market democracy, the inevitability of capitalism and the correctness of ideological assertions of the Washington consensus. Contextualizing the events of the liberation wars and independence struggles and substantiating motivations as narrative the paper explores the idea of voice and social construction through human agency. It affirms the expression of the spirit and values of democracy and the movements promoting these values found collective articulation in the initial resistance to conquest and the subsequent anti-racist, anti-colonial, anti-imperialists struggles throughout the continent of Africa and the African Diaspora. The liberation wars of southern Africa and the Pan African cooperative solidarity supporting these emancipatory and democratic aspirations embody the essence of democracy located within indigenous African values and informed by endogenous African ideation of social justice. The collective actions of liberation and the Pan African cooperative solidarity emerged as people based responses by Africans as oppressed nationalities to the undemocratic institutions and global social organization established through colonialism, imperial developmentalism and the shared experiences of the brutalities of racism and economic injustice that characterized the conquest, enslavement and colonization, developmental and globalization process of occidental socio-cultural expansion and global hegemon.


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