STREAM: Challenges and Survival Strategies within the Neoliberal Context for a Civilized Africa

STREAM: Challenges and Survival Strategies within the Neoliberal Context for a Civilized Africa

Communities which refuse to positively respond to challenges perish. This was the case in North Africa in the past. The region was struck by inadequate rainfall. The natural calamity seriously affected traditional lifestyles of hunters and gatherers in the mentioned regions. The communities responded differently. Some communities rejected to change their social structures and held on to their traditional lifestyles. They eventually perished. Others migrated to other regions of Africa with adequate rainfall to maintain their traditional lifestyle and survived. The interesting group is the one which remained in the same region but changed its social structure. The group capitalised on innovations including irrigation and creation of an urban lifestyle. The group survived but at the same time created a new and better civilization. Simply put, the group moved away from hunting and gathering and created cities. It is important to note that the interesting group changed its social structure to accommodate the new challenge. The situation of the group became better than it was the case during years with adequate rainfall. The world has learned a lot from North African civilization.

Modern Africa, from North to South as well as East to West, is confronted by neoliberalism as a new and sophisticated social challenge. The inhabitants cannot run away from neoliberalism by migrating to some other regions as did their counterparts in the past. Neoliberalism is everywhere. Nonetheless, neoliberalism is a social calamity which presents an opportunity to Africans to reshape their social structures and possibly form a better civilization. They, among other things, have to confront neoliberalism by making use of the available opportunities. Moreover, African communities cannot rely on external assistance but they must learn from the past. This thematic stream looks for articles from anywhere in Africa, which focus on challenges, responses and survival strategies of African grassroots communities as they negotiate for their survival within the neoliberal context. Papers presenting evidences of creation of new civilizations in Africa at whatever stage are also welcome.

If you have any queries or suggestions please contact Rasel Madaha (rasel.madaha@fulbrightmail.org or rasel.madaha@suanet.ac.tz); Rosemarie Mwaipopo (ny_lila@yahoo.com); Rose Shayo (roseshayo@udsm.ac.tz); Christopher Zambakari (c.zambakari@zambakari.org). For panels and papers please await the official call for papers, which is expected in September 2017. 

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