Accumulation in an African periphery: a theoretical by Issa G. Shivji

By Issa G. Shivji

The "Washington consensus" which ushered in neo-liberal rules in Africa is over. It used to be buried on the G20 assembly in London in early April, 2009. the realm capitalist approach is in shambles. The champions of capitalism within the international North are rewriting the foundations of the sport to reserve it. The drawback creates a gap for the worldwide South, specifically Africa, to refuse to play the capitalist-imperialist video game, regardless of the principles. it's time to reconsider and revisit the advance course and methods at the continent. this is often the crucial message of this intensely argued publication. Issa Shivji demonstrates the necessity to return to the fundamentals of radical political economic system and ask primary questions: who produces the society's surplus product, who appropriates and accumulates it and the way is that this performed. what's the personality of accumulation and what's the social organisation of switch? The e-book offers another theoretical framework to aid African researchers and intellectuals to appreciate their societies larger and give a contribution in the direction of altering them within the curiosity of the operating humans.

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I te p r e d o m in a n t m e th o d s are c o J o n iji p o licy , an in te r n a tio n a l Jo a n sy stem - a p o lit y o t sp Jieres o f in te re st - a n d w ar. F o rc e , tta u d : o p p re ssio n , L ootin g Lire o p e n ly d isp layed w ith o u t a n y a tte m p t at c o n c e a lm e n t, and i[ requ ires an eHrort t o d isc o v e r w ith in th is ta n g le o f p o litic a l v io le n c e an d c o n te s ts o l p o W et rhe s te rn laws o t [h e e c o n o m ic p ro cess. c production process (primitive accumulation) by extm-eeonomic force com mo nlv characterise accumulation in the periphery dominated by peasant forms of production, as we shall sec.

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