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Title: Angolan civil society activism since the 1990s: reformists, confrontationists and young revolutionaries of the ‘Arab spring generation’
Authors: Vidal, N.
Keywords: Angola
Civil society
Development thinking
Regime transformation
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor and Francis
Abstract: Aiming for regime transformation, post-transition Angolan civil society activism moved from reformism and confrontationism to ultra-confrontationism. Reformism and confrontationism evolved until the 2008 elections, influenced by development thinking (neoliberalism/institutionalism vs neo-Marxism/world-system thinking), in two opposing strategies: ‘constructive engagement’ vs political defiance. The dispute ended with ultra-confrontationism gaining impetus with the Arab spring, with a younger generation resorting to new methods (information and communications technology and demonstrations). Despite the lack of funding or international links, the newer methods caused more concern to the regime. Nevertheless, they suffer from the same shortfalls as their predecessors: they are confined to an urban/suburban social segment, and unable to attract the majority of the population.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1080/03056244.2015.1015103
ISSN: 0305-6244
Accession number: WOS:000350820700006
Appears in Collections:CEI-RI - Artigos em revista científica internacional com arbitragem científica

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