Accumulation in an African Periphery
A Theoretical Framework
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: African Books Collective
I am grateful to Research on Poverty Alleviation, Tanzania (REPOA) for supporting the book project of which this monograph is a part. REPOA provides an excellent atmosphere for research and reflection with a very friendly research, library, and support staff. ...
By way of a preface
This monograph is a part of the work-in-progress on the political economy of neo-liberalism in Tanzania. It is adapted from the draft first chapter exploring the current state of African debates on development from the standpoint of political economy. ...
1 - THE DEVELOPMENT DISCOURSE
‘From development to poverty reduction,’ sums up the trajectory of the development discourse in Africa over the last four or so decades since independence. This development marks significant shifts, not only in economic approaches and policies, but also in the academic theories and political ideologies underpinning the discourse. ...
2 - THEORIES OF DISARTICULATED ACCUMULATION
Capitalism remains the dominant world system. To understand it, we have to begin with the elementary categories of capitalist accumulation as our point of departure. “Accumulate, accumulate! That is Moses and the prophets!” (Marx 1867:5583). Accumulation of capital augments growth. ...
3 - ACCUMULATION IN AN AFRICAN PERIPHERY
Both the capitalist logic of exploitation and accumulation and the territorial logic of state administration and jurisdiction were introduced to Africa by capitalist imperialism. The early encounter of Africa with Europe was not commercial, involving a mutual exchange of commodities...
4 - SUMMING UP: THE NATIONAL AND THE AGRARIAN QUESTIONS
The contradictory relationship between the African periphery and imperialism constitutes the national question. At the heart of this relationship lies the crisis of over-accumulation, which characterises capitalist imperialism. The agrarian question consists in the disarticulated accumulation that characterises peripheral capitalism. ...
As this manuscript was going to the press, the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced at the end of the G20 summit held in London at the beginning of April 2009 that the Washington consensus was over. ...
Page Count: 110
Publication Year: 2009
OCLC Number: 714283484
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