For years economists have spoken of 'Africa rising', and despite the global financial crisis, Africa continues to host some of the fastest growing economies in the world.
Africa's Shadow Rise however argues that the continent's apparent economic 'rise' is essentially a mirage, driven by developments elsewhere - most particularly the expansion in China's economy. While many African countries have experienced high rates of growth, much of this growth may prove to be unsustainable, and has contributed to environmental destruction and worsening inequality across the continent. Similarly, new economic relationships have produced new forms of dependency, as African nations increasingly find themselves tied to the fortunes of China and other emerging powers.
Drawing on in-depth fieldwork in southern Africa, Africa's Shadow Rise reveals how the shifting balance of global power is transforming Africa's economy and politics, and what this means for the future of development efforts in the region.
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Number of pages: 252
Dimensions: 222 x 140 mm
Ian Taylor, University of St Andrews
'A skilful exploration of the contradiction between euphoric "Africa Rising" narrative and reality of the increased number of Africans who continue to live in poverty. A critical and insightful analysis of China's roles in Africa's development.'
Francis Owusu, Iowa State University
'This must-read, timely book critically challenges the 'Africa rising' thesis. It charts both change in terms of the China-led commodity boom and diversification of dependency, but also troubling continuity through the lack of structural transformation.'
Rory Honer, The University of Manchester
'The authors take a deep dive into China's economic activities in Africa using detailed case studies to make a significant contribution to the work around African development.'
Anita Plummer, Howard University
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