Globalizing Africa.

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GLOBALIZING AFRICA

EDITED BY MALINDA S SMITH

[pounds sterling]21.99 AFRICA WORLD PRESS

ISBN 0-86543 870-6

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At the outset of the twenty-first century, Afro-pessimism permeates both the scholarly and popular literatures on Africa. In the dominant discourses, Africa is constructed as "hopeless," "hemmed in," "on the periphery," and even as "left out" of the global economy and community of nations. This interdisciplinary volume interrogates these interpretations and offers a probing critique of neo-liberal globalisation and its uneven impact on Africa.

The essays debate the constraints and opportunities for Africa's political economy, civil societies and cultural production in the current era of intensifying globalisation.

Although reflecting different perspectives, all the essays share an intellectual commitment to critically mapping the implications of globalisation for the African continent, and to strengthening research and teaching in Africa area studies.

Interestingly, the editor is governed by the proposition that deepening political, social and cultural trans-border activities are as much distinguishing features of contemporary globalisation as are economic phenomena. Consequently, Globalizing Africa's 30 essays represents one of the most comprehensive analyses to date of the impact of cultural and political globalisation--as well as economic--for Africa and African Studies.

Editor Malinda S Smith, is an associate professor of political science and program coordinator for governance and political economy at...

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