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Africa and globalization: colonialism, decolonization and the postcolonial malaise

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 November 2006

Ralph A. Austen
University of Chicago, USA E-mail:


Tropical Africa has not fared well either in the contemporary world order or in the globalization literature that has accompanied it. Under such labels as ‘black hole’ ‘blank space’ and ‘the hopeless continent’, this part of the world seems hardly worthy of attention in the study of the connections and energies that define the twenty-first century.

Review Article
2006 London School of Economics and Political Science

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