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State, region and space in Africa

Chapter in book
Authors Fredrik Söderbaum
Ian Taylor
Published in Respacing Africa, edited by Ulf Engel and Paul Nugent
ISBN 978 90 04 17833 5
Publisher Brill
Place of publication Leiden/Boston
Publication year 2009
Published at School of Global Studies, Peace and Development Research
School of Global Studies, Regional Studies Section, Africa Studies
Gothenburg Centre for Globalization and Development (GCGD)
Language en
Keywords regionalism, Africa
Subject categories Peace and development research

Abstract

[Book:]Space has been reintroduced as an analytical category to the humanities and social sciences in the early 1990s. African Studies is one of the fields of knowledge production where the so-called spatial turn has proved to be extremely fruitful. The continent provides ample evidence for complex processes of deterritorialisation (migration, globalisation, sub-nationalisms) and reterritorialisation (new regionalisms, processes of bordering, etc.). These dialectical processes are driven by a variety of actors: political elites, multinational companies, warlords, donor governments, local traders, international NGOs, etc. As a result substantial parts of Africa witness the emergence of new regimes of territoriality: re-ordered states, transnational and sub-national entities, new localities and transborder formations. This volume brings together contributions from anthropology, history, geography and political science.

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