A Certain Amount of Madness: The Life Politics and Legacies of Thomas Sankara

A Certain Amount of Madness: The Life Politics and Legacies of Thomas Sankara

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Author/Editor: Murrey, Amber
Publisher: Pluto Press (UK)
Date: 2018
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW

Thomas Sankara was one of the most important anti-imperialist leaders of the late twentieth century. His declaration that fundamental socio-political change would require a ‘certain amount of madness’ drove the Burkinabe Revolution and resurfaced in the country’s popular uprising in 2014.

This book explores Sankara’s political philosophies and legacies and their relevance today. Analyses of his synthesis of Pan-Africanist and humanist Marixst politics, as well as his approaches to gender, development, debt and decolonisation offer new insights into Sankarist political philosophies. Critical evaluations of the limitations of the revolution examine his relationship with labour unions and other aspects of his leadership style. His legacy is revealed by looking at contemporary activists, artists and politicians who draw inspiration from Sankarist thought in social movement struggles today, from South Africa to Burkina Faso.