Development Perspectives from the South: Troubling the Metrics of [Under-]development in Africa by Munyaradzi MawereDevelopment Perspectives from the South: Troubling the Metrics of [Under-]development in Africa by Munyaradzi Mawere

Development Perspectives from the South: Troubling the Metrics of [Under-]development in Africa

EditorMunyaradzi Mawere

Paperback | December 12, 2016

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Not so long ago, The Economist described Africa as a hopeless continent. This damning description specifically referred to the development status of Africa. While the debate on the political and socio-economic [under-]development of Africa had been raging on prior to the Economist’s daring but controversial pronouncements, it intensified from thereon. Many concerned people from within the continent and elsewhere have reproved the proclamation but mainly in newspapers and the broadcast media. Not enough has been done by development scholars to critically reflect on the description and status of Africa’s development condition in a nuanced and systematic fashion. Yet, it is through incisive reflections and systematic engagements with Africa’s situations and circumstances that directions and solutions to the African development predicament could be forged. The present volume is an attempt to open up a constructive dialogue between the Global North and the Global South on the African [under-]development conundrum. The book is an eye opener to African governments, social scientists, policy makers and development scholars concerned with the urgent need to rethink, reimagine and retheorise Africa’s development gridlock.

Munyaradzi Mawere holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is currently Professor in the Department of Culture and Heritage Studies at Great Zimbabwe University.
Title:Development Perspectives from the South: Troubling the Metrics of [Under-]development in AfricaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.91 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.91 inPublished:December 12, 2016Publisher:African Books CollectiveLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9956764973

ISBN - 13:9789956764976


Table of Contents

Chapter One: Beyond Africa's Underdevelopment Jam: In Search of a Productive FutureChapter Two: Troubling the Myth of Africa's [Under-]developmentChapter Three: Pillage, Plunder and Migration in AfricaChapter Four: (Post-)development and the Social Production of IgnoranceChapter Five: Problematising the Developmental Potential of Community Share Ownership Trusts (CSOTS) in ZimbabweChapter Six: Economic Dependency and Third World UnderdevelopmentChapter Seven: "Messianic Resuscitation or Foreign Implantation of the Seed of Underdevelopment?"Chapter Eight: Unveiling Orientalism in Foreign Narratives for Engineering for Development that Targets AfricaChapter Nine: Decolonising Africa's DevelopmentChapter Ten: Education Policy, Exclusion and DevelopmentChapter Eleven: Globalisation and Land-grabbing in AfricaChapter Twelve: Troubling the Triadic Relationship of Gender, Development and Underdevelopment in AfricaChapter Thirteen: Human Development-Based Hotel Managers' Perceptions on Incentive Travel in ZimbabweChapter Fourteen: "A New Form of Imperialism?" Interrogating China-Africa Relations and Development Prospects in AfricaChapter Fifteen: Environmental Activism from Below