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A new scramble for Africa?; imperialism, investment and development.


A new scramble for Africa?; imperialism, investment and development.

Ed. by Roger Southall and Henning Melber.

U. of KwaZulu-Natal Press


440 pages




Is the recent growth in investment in African exports an indicator of a "new scramble" for Africa between the globe's industrial powers analogous to the competitions between the European imperial powers that divided up Africa toward the end of the 19th century? Sixteen papers, presented by Southall (sociology, U. of Witwatersrand, South Africa) and Melber (executive director, Dag Hammraskjold Foundation, Sweden), provide varying answers to that question as they examine such issues as the neoliberalization of African economies, US-Chinese rivalries over African resources and markets, India's motivations for engaging with Africa, the role of South Africa, the militarization of resource politics in Africa, connections between oil and war in Chad, comparison of the activities of transnational mining companies in the 19th and 21st centuries in the Central African copper belt, the scramble for genetic resources, the European Union and the international scramble for African fish, the marginalization of African capitalism, and public contracts and foreign business bribery in Uganda. Distributed in the US by ISBS.

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Date:Feb 1, 2010
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