Few studies of globalization have analyzed its impact on African societies from the viewpoint of sustainable development. This volume answers that need. The essays here contribute to the store of knowledge about globalization in sub-Saharan Africa by documenting the affect of this global force on the continent's growth -- economic, political, and cultural. This interdisciplinary collection provides comprehensive analyses at the international, national, and local levels of the theoretical issues revolving around the complex process of globalization, while offering detailed examinations of new models of economic development that can be implemented in sub-Saharan Africa to enhance economic growth, self-sufficiency, and sustainable development. These models are accessible to politicians, public policy analysts, scholars, students, international organizations, nongovernmental actors, and members of the public at large. Finally, the essays here provide insightful case studies of African countries that already demonstrate creative, indigenous-based models of entrepreneurship and discuss efforts to achieve sustainable development and economic independence at the grassroots level. Contributors represent the disciplines of law, history, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, business and management, African studies and art history, criminal justice, and education.
Bessie House-Soremekun —
Bessie House-Soremekun is the Public Scholar in African American Studies, Civic Engagement, and Entrepreneurship, Professor of Political Science and Professor of Africana Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.
Toyin Falola — Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
Globalization and sustainable development in Africa, ed. by Bessie House-Soremekun and Toyin Falola. Rochester, 2011. 463p bibl index afp ISBN 1-58046-392-4; ISBN 9781580463928. Reviewed in 2012may CHOICE.
This collection of 18 essays originates from a 2009 Africana studies conference, "Rethinking Economic Development in the Context of Globalization," held at Indianapolis University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The volume's four sections provide a broad overview of globalization's impact on Africa; national and transnational labor issues; financial and industrial problems; and conflict and security. The chapters offer current reviews of important African development issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, including the current state of regional economic and monetary integration; the potential role of the African diaspora's human and investment capital in the home country; and the promotion of indigenous entrepreneurship with a particular emphasis on women. Two chapters provide both a theoretical review and an application in the Niger Delta of Paul Collier's greed and grievance theory. Many of the country case studies draw from examples of Nigeria or Côte d'Ivoire, which make generalizations for the continent less plausible. Overall, the chapters are well written and topical, and they offer a good introduction to both current and traditional issues concerning African development.
Summing Up: Recommended. All levels of undergraduate students as well as general readers. -- J. M. Warner, College of Wooster