Economic and Political Reform in Africa (Hardcover)

Anthropological Perspectives

By Peter D. Little

Indiana University Press, 9780253010797, 240pp.

Publication Date: November 20, 2013

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What are the local effects of major economic and political reforms in Africa? How have globalized pro-market and pro-democracy reforms impacted local economics and communities? Examining case studies from The Gambia, Ghana, Mozambique, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia, Peter D. Little shows how rural farmers and others respond to complex agendas of governments, development agencies, and non-governmental organizations. The book explores the contradictions between what policy reforms were supposed to do and what actually happened in local communities. Little's bold vision of development challenges common narratives of African poverty, dependency, and environmental degradation and suggests that sustainable development in Africa can best be achieved by strengthening local livelihoods, markets, and institutions.

About the Author

Peter D. Little is Professor and Chair of Anthropology and Director of the Program in Development Studies at Emory University.