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Afro-regions: the dynamics of cross-border micro-regionalism in Africa
The Nordic Africa Institute.
2008 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This collection focuses on the making and unmaking of cross-border micro-regions in Africa. Its main emphasis is that micro-regions are not givens, but are constructed and reconstructed through social practice, political economy and, in discourse, by a variety of states, corporations and non-state actors. The region-builders are the focus -- that is, those actors that build and make micro-regions and their associated region-building strategies. Key research questions are: for whom, for what purpose and with what consequences are micro-regions being made and unmade? There is also special emphasis on how people on the ground and local communities create their own region-building strategies and how they respond to the region-building strategies of others. The case studies -- by leading scholars of African studies and the result of extensive fieldwork -- include a wide selection of micro-regions all over Africa, such as the Maputo Development Corridor, the Zambezi Valley region, the Zambia-Malawi-Mozambique Growth Triangle, Walvis Bay, the Sierra Leone-Liberia border zone, cross-border micro-regions on the Horn of Africa, the Great Lakes region, North Africa, and so forth.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 2008. , 196 p.
Keyword [en]
Regionalization, Regional cooperation, Regional integration, Regional development, Regional organizations, Politics, Governance, Case studies, Africa
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-732ISBN: 978-91-7106-618-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-732DiVA: diva2:280482
Note
CONTENTS -- INTRODUCTION -- Considering Micro-Regionalism in Africa in the Twenty-first Century/Fredrik Söderbaum and Ian Taylor -- PART ONE: INFORMALISING THE FORMAL — OR VICE VERSA? -- Competing Region-building in the Maputo Development Corridor/Fredrik Söderbaum and Ian Taylor -- Walvis Bay-Swakopmund: Desert Micro-region and Aspiring Regional Gateway/David Simon and Muriel Samé Ekobo -- Region-building in Central Mozambique: The Case of the Zambezi Valley Spatial Development Initiative/Milissão Nuvunga -- The Zambia-Malawi-Mozambique Growth-Triangle (ZMM-GT): Discursive Region-Building in Africa and Consequences for Development/Nikki Slocum-Bradley -- PART TWO: THE INFORMALITY OF MICRO-REGIONALISM IN AFRICA -- Informal Cross-Border Micro-Regionalism in West Africa: The Case of the Parrot’s Beak/J. Andrew Grant -- “At the Gates of El Dorado”: Micro-Dynamics in the Transnational Border Area between Northern Morocco and Europe/Terhi Lehtinen -- The Road to the Sea: The Regional Politics of Ethiopia’s Trade/Christopher Clapham -- War in the Great Lakes Region and Ugandan Conflict Zones: Micro-regionalisms and Meta-narratives/Morten Bøås and Kathleen M. Jennings -- CONCLUSION -- Beyond Parochialism: Cross-border Micro-Regionalism as a Gateway/Daniel BachAvailable from: 2009-12-10 Created: 2009-11-27 Last updated: 2011-10-05Bibliographically approved

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