This book reviews Cabral’s intellectual contribution to current debates on race, identity, nation building, democracy, leadership and ethics. The key leader of the national liberation movements of former Portuguese African colonies is considered to be one of their foremost intellectuals the continent has produced. This rare combination of freedom fighter, operational campaigner and astute political scientist justifies the academic interest in his contribution.
Africa's Contemporary Challenges reviews the impact of Amilcar Cabral’s thinking, and its relationship with contemporary debates about race, identity, nation building, democracy, leadership or ethics. The complexity of Cabral’s vision and hopes for Africa continues to incite curiosity and interest. Cabral's tragic assassination in 1973 has removed the possibility of analysing his impact on post-independent Lusophone Africa, but his thoughts continue to be the most important reference.
This book was published as a special issue of African Identities.
Table of Contents
1. Amilcar Cabral: a contemporary inspiration - Carlos Lopes 2. Amilcar Cabral and the liberation of Guinea-Bissau: context, challenges and lessons for African leadership - Peter Karibe Mendy 3. Amilcar Cabral and the fortunes of African literature - Maurice Taonezvi Vambe and Abebe Zegeye 4. Les apparitions de la nation chez Amilcar Cabral - Alexis Wick 5. Challenges to state building Africa - Charmaine Pereira 6. Reading Cabral on democracy - Lars Rudebeck 7. Culture, consciousness and armed conflict: Cabral’s déclassé / (lumpen proletariat?) in the era of globalization - Ibrahim Abdullah 8. Articulating Cabral’s regionalist and pan-Africanist visions - John Fobanjong 9. Amilcar Cabral: National Liberation as the basis for Africa’s renaissances - Maurice Taonezvi Vambe and Abebe Zegeye 10. Amilcar Cabral’s legacy in the light of the challenges of contemporary ethics - Carlos Lopes
Carlos Lopes is a prominent African scholar and has published over 20 books in the field of development, history and political science. He is currently the Executive Director of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Switzerland.