As the idea of globalization emerges as a key concept in social sciences in the twenty-first century, understanding how external forces and phenomena shape the politics of nation-states and communities is imperative. This 2001 volume calls attention to 'transboundary formations' - intersections of cross-border, national and local forces that produce, destroy or transform local order and political authority, significantly impacting on ordinary people's lives. It analyzes the intervention of external forces in political life, both deepening and broadening the concept of international 'intervention' and the complex contexts within which it unfolds. While transboundary formations can emerge anywhere, they have a particular salience in sub-Saharan Africa where the limits to state power make them especially pervasive and consequential. Including conceptual contributions and theoretically-informed case studies, the volume considers global-local connections, taking a fresh perspective on contemporary Africa's political constraints and possibilities, with important implications for other parts of the world.
• New approach to the politics of globalization • Innovative integration of regional studies (Africa) and international relations • Shows how everyday lives are shaped by transnational forces
1. Introduction Robert Latham, Ronald Kassimir and Thomas Callaghy; Part I. Historical Dimensions and Conceptual Frameworks: 2. Networks, moral discourse and history Frederick Cooper; 3. Defining transboundary connections: international arenas, translocal networks and transterritorial deployments Robert Latham; 4. Producing local politics: governance, representation and non-state organization in Africa Ronald Kassimir; Part II. Transboundary Networks, States and Civil Societies: 5. Networks and governance in Africa: innovation in debt regime Thomas Callaghy; 6. When networks blind: human rights and politics in Kenya Hans Peter Schmitz; 7. Global, state and local intersections: a study of power, authority and conflict in the Niger Delta oil communities CyrilI Obi; Part III. Political Economies of Violence and Authority: 8. How sovereignty matters: global markets and political economy of local politics in weak studies William Reno; 9. Post-modern warfare in Sierra Leone? Recovering the local and social in global-local constructions of violence Paul Richards and Caspar Fithen; 10. New sovereigns? The frontiers of wealth creation and regulatory authority in the Chad Basin Janet Roitman; 11. Out of the shadows Carolyn Nordstrom; Part IV. Reflections: 12. Authority and interventions in world politics Michael Barnett; 13. Toward a new research agenda Ronald Kassimir and Robert Latham.
'The book under review is a profoundly satisfying volume … and deserves wide attention … This is a good book and deserves to be on the bookshelf of any serious Africanist. The chapters are admirable as stand-alone pieces that might be used in the classroom and the last chapter on a future research agenda should give many a graduate student inspiration and reflection.' International Affairs
'The book contains chapters on a wide range of transboundary phenomena: both legal and illegal, state and non-state, including the UN and international financial institutions (Barnett, Latham, Callaghy); illicit trade in diamond and weapons (Nordstrom, Reno): human rights (obi); private security firms and mercenaries (Reno, Roitman): and NGOs (Callaghy, Schmitz, Obi). It is a highly stimulating book which should be essential reading for students of African politics, international relations and globalization alike.' Journal of Peace Research
'This is an excellent collection … a fascinating examination … this book attempts something different … this provides a core reading for all scholars interested in Africa and the global system.' Modern African Studies