Regionalism in Africa: Genealogies, institutions and trans-state networks

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Routledge, 22 dec. 2015 - 198 pagina's

Africa, which was not long ago discarded as a hopeless and irrelevant region, has become a new 'frontier' for global trade, investment and the conduct of international relations.

This book surveys the socio-economic, intellectual and security related dimensions of African regionalisms since the turn of the 20th century. It argues that the continent deserves to be considered as a crucible for conceptualizing and contextualizing the ongoing influence of colonial policies, the emergence of specific integration and security cultures, the spread of cross-border regionalisation processes at the expense of region-building, the interplay between territory, space and trans-state networks, and the intrinsic ambivalence of global frontier narratives. This is emphasized through the identification of distinctive 'threads' of regionalism which, by focusing on genealogies, trajectories and ideals, transcend the binary divide between old and new regionalisms. In doing so, the book opens new perspectives not only on Africa in international relations, but also Africa’s own international relations.

This text will be of key interest to students and scholars of African politics, African history, regionalism, comparative regionalism, and more broadly to international political economy, international relations and global and regional governance.

 

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Inhoudsopgave

a world of regionalisms
1
2 Amalgamation and hysteresis
10
regime consolidation club diplomacy and patronage
32
4 The magnetic pull of frontiers
52
5 Mental maps and holistic agendas
77
6 Defragmentation and connectivity
115
Africa in international relations
130
Bibliography
145
Index
191
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Over de auteur (2015)

Daniel Bach is CNRS Director of Research at the Emile Durkheim Centre for Comparative Policy and Sociology, Sciences Po Bordeaux.

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