Globalized Africa: Political, Social and Economic Impact


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Is globalization beneficial to Africa? Does it open infinite opportunities for economic growth, development and social transformation of the continent? It is the assertion of contributions to this collection that for Africa, globalisation is a counter-revolutionary movement that is stalling the drive of the continent's societies to transform themselves into developed and prosperous entities - just as slavery and colonialism. Included are contributions from eminent scholars such as Samir Amin, Horace Campbell, Thandika Mkandawire and Cyril Obi.



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Date de parution 27 décembre 2012
Nombre de lectures 3
EAN13 9789988190347
Langue English

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Globalized Africa:
Political, Social and Economic Impact
Kwame A. Ninsin [Editor]
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©Freedom Publications First published 2012
Published by Napasvil Ventures For Freedom Publications P. O. Box LG313 Legon, Accra, Ghana.
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Printed by The Advent Press, P. O. Box OS 0102, Osu, Accra, Ghana.
Preface and Acknowledgements .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 5 1. Introduction – Globalization and Africa: ASubjective View Kwame A. Ninsin .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..9
Part I Africa in World History 2. The Political Economy ofAfrica in the Global System Samir Amin .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..41 3. Globalization andAfrica’s UnfinishedAgenda Thandika Mkandawire .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..53 4. Globalization and Africa’s Future: ACase for Regional Cooperation and Integration -.. .. .. .. ..Severine M. Rugumamu 85 5. DiamondsAre Not Forever: Globalization, TheAfrican State And Resource Exploitation -B. I. Logan .. .. .. .. .. .. ..1.3.7
Part II Trade and Development Issues 6. Globalization and Regionalism: Who Gains; Who Loses? A SADC Perspective -Trudi Hartzenberg .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..163 7. The ACP/Africa - EU [Cotonou] Trade Agreements: Critique, Options, Challenges -.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Moses Tekere .177
Part III Identity and Liberation Politics 8. Interrogating Power, Sexuality, Patriarchy and Globalization in Africa.. .. .. .. .. .. .Patricia McFadden .. .199 9. Global-Local Discourses: Re-Negotiating Trans-Boundary Spaces of Identity, Rights and Power in the Niger Delta of Nigeria Cyril I. Obi .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...2.15 10. Caught Between NEPAD and Neo-Liberalism: Human Security in Africa’s Renaissance Strategy -Kwame Boafo-Arthur.. .. .. .. ..239 11. Africa’s Search For Renewal in The Era Of Globalization Horace Campbell .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..267 3
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Preface and Acknowledgements
Preface and Acknowledgements
Is globalization beneficial to Africa? Does it open infinite opportunities for economic growth, development and social transformation of the continent? So far, the controversy regarding globalization’s implications for the continent has raged from platforms where African voices are drowned by an orchestrated chorus of voices of academics, politicians and technocrats from the developed world who parade policy corridors of African states as experts, combining the role of advocates as well as public policy doctors prescribing solutions to African governments. A common prescription for the development crisis facing the continent is that African governments must pursue policies that would effectively adjust their economies into the global economy. The alternative to adjustment to the logic of the global economy is the calamitous collapse of the continent’s economy, political and social institutions.
Clearly, the triumph of the Western idea of human progress is forcefully articulated by Western scholars who dominate existing spaces for research and scholarship, and marginalize African voices. African researchers and scholars are unable to compete effectively on this global stage with alternative diagnoses of Africa’s development crisis, enunciate alternate thinking about the continent’s condition, and propose alternative paradigms for solving the crisis. Hence, the relevant academic and policy discourse persistently represent globalization as panacea to Africa’s development crisis. Its principal proponents conveniently ignore the fact that globalization benefits the most powerful; and leaves the weak ones in a quagmire of crisis. The contributions in this volume are intended to complement the emerging African voices in the discourse, academic and policy discourse, on globalization and Africa.
The collection has had a long and chequered history. It was originally commissioned by the African Association of Political Science (AAPS) months before it went into coma. Since then several of the authors have had opportunity to revise and update their contributions. Others have not; because in the interregnum we lost contact.
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I am grateful to AAPS for its initial support of this idea of an anthology interrogating globalization with respect to Africa. I must also commend the contributors for responding to the invitation to prepare a chapter for the collection, and to the good number of them who kept faith and in diverse ways encouraged this publication. I share their faith in the timeless value of the contributions.
Kwame A. Ninsin May 9, 2012.
Samir Amin, Director of Third World Forum, African Office, Dakar, Senegal.
Kwame Boafo-Arthur, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Ghana.
Horace Campbell, Professor, Department of African American Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University, New York, USA.
Trudi Hartzenberg, Researcher at the Development Policy Research Unit, School of Economics, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
B. I. Logan, Lecturer at the Department of Geography, University of Georgia, Athens, USA.
Patricia McFadden, Visiting Scholar at the Five Colleges Women’s Studies Research Centre - Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA.
Thandika Mkandawire, then Director, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, UNRISD, Geneva.
Kwame A. Ninsin, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Ghana.
Cyril I. Obi, Senior Programme Officer, Nordiska Africa Institutet, Uppsala, Sweden.
Severine M. Rugumamu, Professor of Development Studies, University of Dares Salaam, Tanzania.
Moses Tekere, Director, Trade and Development Studies Centre – Trust, and Lecturer in the Department of Economics, University of Zimbabwe.
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