Marginality and Crisis

Marginality and Crisis : Globalization and Identity in Contemporary Africa

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Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this book evaluates the relations between globalization and Africa's multifarious challenges and identities. The nineteen chapters coalesce to demonstrate that the forces and processes of globalization have increased Africa's marginalization, deepened its crises, escalated and intensified its conflicts, and undermined its ability to determine the content and direction of its cultural changes and economic future.show more

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  • Hardback | 294 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 612.35g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739145568
  • 9780739145562

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Marginality and Crisis: Globalization and Identity in Contemporary Africa is essential reading for those seriously interested in understanding the complex political, social, and economic dimensions of globalization in African societies and the imaginative response of these societies to this enigmatic post-war phenomenon. Adebayo, Adesina, and Olaniyi, three renowned African scholars, and their colleagues have given us a critical volume on the transformative impact of globalization in contemporary African states, effectively engaging intersections of the local and the global, tradition and modernity, state and society. With compelling case studies, especially from Nigeria, Africa's most complicated postcolony, this volume is an important and timely contribution to African studies. -- Olufemi Vaughan, Geoffrey Canada Professor of Africana Studies and History, Bowdoin College Marginality & Crisis, a companion volume to Globalizations & Transnational Migrations: Africa & Africans in the Contemporary Global System competently documents and analyzes the manipulation, marginalization, and fragmentation of the mass of the African people through the agency of a decadent, materialistic, and fanatically secular culture that contemporary transnational capitalism purveys across the globe. To the extent that the sociology of economic life in Africa is more about community welfare and less about rational economic individualism, political and policy elites across the globe would do well to heed the call of this must-read volume?that the way forward is a return to the ontology of globalization as a commitment to the construction of an authentic global village, where shared human values and social solidarity are given free rein. -- Adekunle Amuwo, University of KwaZulu Natal This is a detailed study of an important subject. Marginality and Crisis brings out some of the neglected dimensions of globalization on a continent that has always been at the receiving end of global vicissitudes. The chapters are rigorous and lucid, and they provide all the analysis one needs to know on a phenomenon that is bound to dominate discussions in Africa for some time to come. -- Abiodun Alao, King's College London Marginality & Crisis, a companion volume to Globalizations & Transnational Migrations: Africa & Africans in the Contemporary Global System competently documents and analyzes the manipulation, marginalization, and fragmentation of the mass of the African people through the agency of a decadent, materialistic, and fanatically secular culture that contemporary transnational capitalism purveys across the globe. To the extent that the sociology of economic life in Africa is more about community welfare and less about rational economic individualism, political and policy elites across the globe would do well to heed the call of this must-read volume-that the way forward is a return to the ontology of globalization as a commitment to the construction of an authentic global village, where shared human values and social solidarity are given free rein. -- Adekunle Amuwo, University of KwaZulu Natalshow more

About Akanmu G. Adebayo

Akanmu G. Adebayo is professor of history at Kennesaw State University. Olutayo Adesina is associate professor in the department of history at University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Rasheed Oyewole Olaniyi is the sub-dean of the department of history at University of Ibadan, Nigeria.show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Section I: Discourse on Globalization Chapter 2 1. Introduction Chapter 3 2. Globalization: The Politics of "We" and "Them" Chapter 4 3. Origin and Dynamics of Globalization: A Historical Approach Chapter 5 4. Compatriotism vs. Cosmopolitanism: Exploring a New Cosmo-Morality of Human Relations from the Yoruba in the Age of Global-ization Part 6 Section II: Globalization and Culture Chapter 7 5. Kiswahili Language and the Future of East African Integration in the Age of Globalization Chapter 8 6. The Kabba Dress: Identity and Modernity in Contemporary Cameroon Chapter 9 7. Beyond Memoir: Echoes of Globalization, Identity and Gender Struggle in Wole Soyinka's Ake: The Childhood Years Chapter 10 8. From the Global to the Local: The Media and Islam in Nigeria, 1979-2006 Part 11 Section III: Marginality: Africa and the Political Economy of Globalization Chapter 12 9. Globalization and the Privatization of State Owned Enterprises: An Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Privatization on the Nige-rian Economy Chapter 13 10 Contemporary Trade, Investment Practices, and the Challenges of Poverty Alleviation in Africa Chapter 14 11. Community-Based Organizations: Household Food and Liveli-hood Security in Southern Nigeria Chapter 15 12. Trade Liberalization and Employment in Nigeria Chapter 16 13. Globalization, Poverty, and the Failure of States in Africa: Is There a Connection? Part 17 Section IV: Crisis: Hotspots and Contestations Chapter 18 14. A Cross-Regional Analysis African Conflicts in the Age of Globalization Chapter 19 15. Globalization, Identity Politics, and the Escalation of Ife-Modakeke Crisis Chapter 20 16. The 2001 Tiv-Jukun Ethnic Crisis: The "Indigene-Settler" Fac-tor Reconsidered Chapter 21 17. Petroleum, the Environment, and the Economics of Nationalism in the Niger Delta Chapter 22 18. Oil Conflict in the Niger Delta: Revisiting the Odi Genocide Part 23 Section V: Conclusion Chapter 24 19. Conclusionshow more