Globalization and restructuring of African commodity flows

Medarbetare: Fold, Niels | Nylandsted Larsen, Marianne
Utgivare: Uppsala : Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
År: 2008
Språk: eng
Ämnesord: Economic performance, international trade, Commodities, Commodity markets, Capital movements, Marginality, Globalization, Economic analysis, case studies, Africa, Business and economics, Ekonomi
Identifikator: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-725
Identifikator: urn:isbn:978-91-7106-616-9
Rättigheter: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
African countries have been incorporated into present processes of economic globalization in a more nuanced way than is usually claimed. Obviously, structural changes and economic growth have not been on the scale seen in other developing country regions, Southeast Asia in particular. However, the increasing global interaction between functionally integrated foci of production and services has also affected Africa in ways that are changing the material foundations of economic and social life on the continent. These processes are not uniform throughout Africa, but affect local, national and regional actors and institutions in diverse and complex ways. In short, globalization in Africa is an uneven process, integrating or re-integrating some localities and communities in global flows of goods, finance and information, while marginalizing or excluding others. The aim of this book is to grasp the diversity of these globalization processes in a systematic way by adopting a common analytical framework, the Global Value Chain approach. Commodity-specific data in two or more countries are taken as a point of departure and the variations and similarities in linkages between local, national, regional and global chain segments are examined. The book is based on original quantitative and qualitative data, collected during fieldwork by the authors.