A new book by Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) Professor Emeritus John Saul examines the North American campaign for southern African liberation.
The book, titled On Building a Social Movement: The North American Campaign for Southern African Liberation Revisited, explore the topic by first evoking both the region-wide battle for liberation from racial oppression that emerged in southern Africa between 1960 and 1994, and the world-wide mobilization of support for that regional struggle which emerged alongside it.
It then examines the building of movements in both Canada and the United States designed to contribute to this notable global effort. These movements sought to publicize the positive goals and concrete undertakings of the liberation struggles on the ground in southern Africa, while also focusing public attention on the policies of the governments and the corporations in North America that pulled the two countries focused on in this book to the wrong – the racist and exploitative – side of this African contestation.
Saul is a liberation support/anti-apartheid/anti-imperialist activist both in Canada and in southern Africa since the 1960s, and taught at York University in Canada in the (former) Department of Social Science, Atkinson, and from the Department of Political Science, LA&PS.
He also taught at the Universities of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, of Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique and of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
He is the author and editor of more than 20 books and dozens of articles, reports and papers on. Saul continues to speak and publish widely on the on-going struggle for meaningful democratic practice and genuinely transformative liberation in southern Africa and in Canada.