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Working the SystemA Political Ethnography of the New Angola$
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Jon Schubert

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501713699

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501713699.001.0001

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Against the System, within the System

Against the System, within the System

The Parameters of the Political

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Working the System

Jon Schubert

Cornell University Press

The final chapter explores what happens when the ‘hegemonic domination’ sketched out previously reaches its limits. It shows how youth anti-government protests that started in 2011 utilise the discursive repertoires of dominant ideology to challenge the dominance of the regime. By disassembling the discursive and performative reactions by various social actors to those events the chapter draws back together the different elements that make up the modalities of power in Angola analysed separately in the previous chapters. Although the demonstrations could not decisively change the outcome of the 2012 elections, these first protests did significantly impact on the dynamics of Angolan political culture, triggering strong reactions by a vast array of social actors and sketching out the possibility of change.

Keywords:   Elections, Resistance, Repression, Hegemony, Repertoires, Social Networks, Youth, MPLA, 2012 Angolan elections, Arab Spring

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