Africa in a Global Age


James Ferguson tells us that "Africa's participation in globalization has certainly not been a matter simply of 'joining the world economy.'" Rather, Africa's inclusion has been selective, uneven, and partial. This is quite different than arguing, as many social theorists, economists, and journalists have suggested that the Continent is somehow structurally irrelevant to the process of globalization. This course responds to this debate by first retracing the history of "globalization," and concludes by thinking about Africa's place in relation to a new global order. 3 units.