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Student Politics in Africa

Representation and Activism

edited by Thierry Luescher-Mamashela, Manja Klemenčič, James Otieno Jowi

The second volume of the African Higher Education Dynamics Series brings together the research of an international network of higher education scholars with interest in higher education and student politics in Africa. Most authors are early career academics who teach and conduct research in universities across the continent, and who came together for a research project and related workshops and a symposium on student representation in African higher education governance. The book includes theoretical chapters on student organising, student activism and representation; chapters on historical and current developments in student politics in Anglophone and Francophone Africa; and in-depth case studies on student representation and activism in a cross-section of universities and countries. The book provides a unique resource for academics, university leaders and student affairs professionals as well as student leaders and policy-makers in Africa and elsewhere.

ISBN 9781928331223 | 280 pages | 254 x 178mm | 2016 | African Minds Publishers, South Africa | Paperback


eBook ISBN: 9781928331230


"This is an excellent book and will be the benchmark on its topic for a considerable period. It focuses on a theme that has not been much discussed in the literature and is very important for policy-makers and the academic community to think about.”

Professor Philip G Altbach, Emeritus, Boston College

"A work by so many authors with diverse backgrounds bound by the common thread of student representation in higher education governance in Africa. Well-researched and well-documented.”

Professor Bahru Zewde, Emeritus, University of Addis Ababa

"The book provides a 21st-century baseline review of student governance in a cross section of universities and countries in sub-Saharan Africa and indicates how student participation has evolved since the student movements of the 1960s. It provides evidence that the challenges of leadership, ethnic cleavages and good governance are already evident at the level of student leadership, often reflecting a national ethos influenced by political parties.”

Claudia Frittelli, Programme Officer, Carnegie Corporation of New York



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