Article from ROAPE Volume 7 Number 19
Political Consciousness Among African Peasantry in Congo

Political Consciousness Among the African Peasantry in the Belgian Congo
Vol.7 No.19 (Winter 1980), pp23-32
Peasant political consciousness in the Belgian Congo took a variety of forms ranging from millennial religious movements to disobeying instructions, to flight into the forest, various forms of ‘the refusal to recognize the authority of the coloniser’ . They responded to the appropriation of their land and labour-time by Bula Matari, the colonial administration. The African petite bourgeoisie mobilized both ethnic support and nationalist sentiment in order to gain access to the power of the state. Post-colonial peasant rebellions, like their predecessors, rejected state authority but lacked a coherent social project of their own.