African Miracle, African Mirage: Transnational Politics and by Abou B. Bamba

By Abou B. Bamba

“What is leading edge within the book’s perspective … is its emphasis at the penetration, within the postwar years, of yankee principles and improvement methods, making a competitor with France for the keep an eye on of the country.” —Journal of eu fiscal History


Throughout the Sixties and 70s, Ivory Coast was once touted as an African miracle, a poster baby for modernization and the ways in which western reduction and multinational businesses might advance the continent. whilst, Marxist scholars—most significantly Samir Amin—described the capitalist job in Ivory Coast as empty, unsustainable, and incapable of bringing genuine switch to the lives of standard humans. to some degree, Amin’s criticisms have been established while, within the Eighties, the Ivorian financial system collapsed.

In African Miracle, African Mirage, Abou Bamba comprises economics, political technology, and historical past to craft a daring, transnational learn of the advance practices and intersecting colonial cultures that proceed to form Ivory Coast at the present time. He considers French, American, and Ivorian improvement discourses in interpreting the jobs of hydroelectric tasks and the sugar, espresso, and cocoa industries within the country’s growth and bust. In so doing, he brings the enterprise of Ivorians themselves to the fore in a fashion hardly visible in histories of improvement. finally, he concludes that the “maldevelopment” obtrusive via the mid-1970s had much less to do with the Ivory Coast’s “insufficiently smooth” electorate than it needed to do with the conflicting missions of French and American pursuits in the context of an ever-globalizing world.

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