Afro-regions : the dynamics of cross-border micro-regionalism in Africa

Medarbetare: Söderbaum, Fredrik | Taylor, Ian
Utgivare: Uppsala : Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
År: 2008
Språk: eng
Ämnesord: regionalization, Regional cooperation, regional integration, regional development, Regional organizations, politics, Governance, case studies, Africa, Political science, Statsvetenskap
Identifikator: urn:isbn:978-91-7106-618-3
Rättigheter: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
This collection focuses on the making and unmaking of cross-border micro-regions in Africa. Its main emphasis is that micro-regions are not givens, but are constructed and reconstructed through social practice, political economy and, in discourse, by a variety of states, corporations and non-state actors. The region-builders are the focus -- that is, those actors that build and make micro-regions and their associated region-building strategies. Key research questions are: for whom, for what purpose and with what consequences are micro-regions being made and unmade? There is also special emphasis on how people on the ground and local communities create their own region-building strategies and how they respond to the region-building strategies of others. The case studies -- by leading scholars of African studies and the result of extensive fieldwork -- include a wide selection of micro-regions all over Africa, such as the Maputo Development Corridor, the Zambezi Valley region, the Zambia-Malawi-Mozambique Growth Triangle, Walvis Bay, the Sierra Leone-Liberia border zone, cross-border micro-regions on the Horn of Africa, the Great Lakes region, North Africa, and so forth.