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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:A new scramble for Africa? Imperialism, investment and development
Editors:Southall, RogerISNI
Melber, HenningISNI
City of publisher:Scottsville
Publisher:University of KwaZulu-Natal Press
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:natural resources
international economic relations
Abstract:Escalating prices of raw materials, driven by rapid industrialization in China and other countries of the global South as well as by looming world shortages, had for the few years preceding the global recession of 2009 promoted a new scramble for Africa's natural resources. However, while average growth rates across the continent have increased, the implications for Africa's development remain at best dubious. This volume places the new scramble for Africa in the historical context of imperialism and shows important continuities with the original 19th-century scramble. It raises questions relating to the nature of emerging global competition between the US and China; the role of India, South Africa, and the EU, the centrality of the struggle for oil and minerals and resulting militarization, the international battle to capture Africa's markets, the marginalization of African capitalism, and the ambiguous benefits that investment and production by multinational companies bring to African communities. Case studies include the scramble for genetic resources and for African fish, and international competition for public contracts and foreign business bribery in Uganda. Contributors: Nompumelelo Bhengu, Alex Comninos, John Daniel, Jana Hönke, Margaret C. Lee, Simon Massey, Roy May, Henning Melber, Sanusha Naidu, Cyril Obi, Wilson Prichard, Martin Rupiya, Vishwas Satgar, Roger Southall, André Standing, Roger Tangri, and Carol Thompson. [ASC Leiden abstract]