This book brings together conceptual debates on the impact of youth-hood and gender on state building in Africa. It offers
contemporary and interdisciplinary analyses on the role of protests as an alternative route for citizens to challenge the
ballot box as the only legitimate means of ensuring freedom. Drawing on case studies from seven African countries, the contributors
focus on specific political moments in their respective countries to offer insights into how the state/society social contract
is contested through informal channels, and how political power functions to counteract citizen's voices. These contributions
offer a different way of thinking about state-building and structural change that goes beyond the system-based approaches
that dominate scholarship on democratization and political structures. In effect, it provides a basis for organizers and
social movements to consider how to build solidarity beyond influencing government institutions.
Chapters 3, 5, and
6 are available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via link.springer.com.