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Original languageEnglish
PublisherBrill
Number of pages213
ISBN (Print)9789004178335
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameAfrica-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies
PublisherBrill
Volume4
ISSN (Print)1574-6925

Abstract

Space has been reintroduced as an analytical category to the humanities and social sciences in the early 1990s. African Studies is one of the fields of knowledge production where the so-called spatial turn has proved to be extremely fruitful. The continent provides ample evidence for complex processes of deterritorialisation (migration, globalisation, sub-nationalisms) and reterritorialisation (new regionalisms, processes of bordering, etc.). These dialectical processes are driven by a variety of actors: political elites, multinational companies, warlords, donor governments, local traders, international NGOs, etc. As a result substantial parts of Africa witness the emergence of new regimes of territoriality: re-ordered states, transnational and sub-national entities, new localities and transborder formations.
This volume brings together contributions from anthropology, history, geography and political science.

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