The Open Veins of Africa: The Dynamics of Extractive Accumulation by Dispossession in 21st Century Africa by Tatah MentanThe Open Veins of Africa: The Dynamics of Extractive Accumulation by Dispossession in 21st Century Africa by Tatah Mentan

The Open Veins of Africa: The Dynamics of Extractive Accumulation by Dispossession in 21st Century…

byTatah Mentan

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There is no discussion on Africa today that does not make reference to the contradiction that exists between its wealth of natural resources and the poverty of most of its people. Africa is not a poor continent, and not all Africans are poor. Yet Africa is depicted as the world’s poorest continent, where the majority of people live with no access to clean water, decent health care, education and electricity, and struggle to survive in the face of high levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality. This is the reality we see all around the continent. The reason, according to Professor Tatah Mentan, is that extractive foreign industries and the competition to access natural resources envelop parasitic African governments in a web of unaccountability, corruption, repression, and rent-seeking. The love affair between many African governments and international corporations—and the optimistic power of the “Africa rising” narrative—are obscuring harsh realities, namely that many Africans are deprived of benefiting from the exploitation of their own natural resources. In many of these high growth countries, citizens now believe that they are paying too high a price for economic growth, which does not trickle down to them. There is a new wind blowing across the continent and it is bringing with it increasing demands for Africa’s resources to benefit Africans. And past relations between extractive imperialists and puppet African governments are under scrutiny. This book dissects the dynamics of the politics of natural resource extraction in Africa that resolves into a matter of class struggle. This class struggle is visible at the level of combatting the workings of capitalism and imperialism in the interest of the dominant international class of corporatocrats and its African parasitic class, and simultaneously mobilizing forces against those exploitative and oppressive interests. Tatah Mentan’s book is therefore a MUST READ for students, researchers, social scientists examining the political economy of contemporary imperialism, policy makers, and corporate managers.

Tatah Mentan is an erudite Theodore Lentz Peace and Security Studies Fellow and Professor of Political Science with enormous contributions to knowledge in the global political economy of international relations.
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Title:The Open Veins of Africa: The Dynamics of Extractive Accumulation by Dispossession in 21st Century…Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.91 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.91 inPublished:June 27, 2018Publisher:African Books CollectiveLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9956550132

ISBN - 13:9789956550135

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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction: Trump, the “Shithole African Countries”, and Flawed Explanations of Extractivism

Chapter Two: Deconstructing Accumulation By Dispossession via Extractive Imperialism

Chapter Three: Colonial Extractive Imperialism: Historical Perspective in Africa

Chapter Four: The Washington Consensus: Trojan Horse of Extractive Imperialism in Africa

Chapter Five: Contemporary Armored Extractive Imperialism in Africa

Chapter Six: New Extractive Imperialism and the Neocolonial State in Africa

Chapter Seven: Extractive Imperialism and Democracy in Africa: Paradoxes, Limitations, Transcendence

Chapter Eight: Summary, Theoretical Reprise, Conclusion and Way Forward