‘Where There’s No Fight for it There’s No Freedom’: On Scholars and Social Commitment in Southern Africa. Which Side Are You On?

This essay puts the concepts of freedom, human rights, and civil disobedience mainly into the context of former settler-dominated societies in southern Africa. It positions the subject by means of some concrete examples – including the opportunistic political attitudes of a scholar from Zimbabwe – and then summarizes the notion of civil disobedience. Finally, it argues for the need of a permissive postcolonial sociopolitical system allowing for dissenting views, including manifestations of critical loyalty through the articulation of dissenting views, taking democratic South Africa as an example, and concludes with an appeal to opt for such a sociopolitical commitment. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]

Title: ‘Where There’s No Fight for it There’s No Freedom’: On Scholars and Social Commitment in Southern Africa. Which Side Are You On?
Author: Melber, Henning
Year: 2006
Periodical: Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Volume: 24
Issue: 2
Period: May
Pages: 261-278
Language: English
Geographic terms: Southern Africa
South Africa
Zimbabwe
External links: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02589000600770023
http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=44C696331F9F0F77FF82
Abstract: This essay puts the concepts of freedom, human rights, and civil disobedience mainly into the context of former settler-dominated societies in southern Africa. It positions the subject by means of some concrete examples – including the opportunistic political attitudes of a scholar from Zimbabwe – and then summarizes the notion of civil disobedience. Finally, it argues for the need of a permissive postcolonial sociopolitical system allowing for dissenting views, including manifestations of critical loyalty through the articulation of dissenting views, taking democratic South Africa as an example, and concludes with an appeal to opt for such a sociopolitical commitment. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]