What is the Concept of Globalization Good for? An African Historian's Perspective

@article{Cooper2001WhatIT,
  title={What is the Concept of Globalization Good for? An African Historian's Perspective},
  author={F. Cooper},
  journal={African Affairs},
  year={2001},
  volume={100},
  pages={189-213}
}
  • F. Cooper
  • Published 2001
  • Sociology
  • African Affairs
African history reveals the inadequacy of the concept of globalization. In contrasting a present of flows with a past of structures, it misreads the ways in which a 400-year-long process defined both Africa and the Atlanticcentred capitalist economy. In regard to both past and present, it draws attention to the specific mechanisms by which long-distance connections were forged and the limits of those mechanisms. Like modernization theory in the 1950s and 1960s, globalization talk is influential… Expand
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