Interest in China and Africa is growing exponentially. Taking a step back from the ‘events-driven’ reactions characterizing much coverage, this timely book reflects more deeply on questions concerning how this subject has been, is being and can be studied.
It offers a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary and authoritative contribution to Africa–China studies. Its diverse chapters explore key current research themes and debates, such as agency, media, race, ivory, development or security, using a variety of case studies from Benin, Kenya and Tanzania, to Angola, Mozambique and Mauritius. Looking back, it explores the evolution of studies about Africa and China. Looking forward, it explores alternative, future possibilities for a complex and constantly evolving subject.
Showcasing a range of perspectives by leading and emerging scholars, New Directions in Africa–China Studies is an essential resource for students and scholars of Africa and China relations.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Studying China-Africa/Africa-China Relations – Chris Alden and Daniel Large
From China in Africa to Global African Studies
Chapter 2 From Field Work to Academic Field: Personal Reflections on China-Africa Research- George Yu
Chapter 3: African Studies in China in the 21st Century: A Historiographical Survey - Li Anshan
Chapter 4: Themes and Thoughts in Africanists Discourse about China and Africa - Kweku Ampiah
Chapter 5: Media as a Site of Contestation in China-Africa Relations - Cobus van Staden and Yu-Shan Wu
Chapter 6: ‘China in Africa’ in the Anthropocene: a Discourse of Divergence in a Converging World - Ross Anthony
Chapter 7: Doing Ethnography Beyond China: the Ethic of the Ignorant Foreigner - Gabriel Bamana
Chapter 8: Global African Studies and Locating China - Jamie Monson
Views from Downstairs: Ethnography, Identity and Agency
Chapter 9: Chinese Peanuts and Chinese Machinga: The Use and Abuse of a Rumour in Dar es Salaam (and Ethnographic Writing) – Derek Sheridan
Chapter 10: Reflections on the Role of Race in China-Africa Relations - T Tu Huynh and Yoon Jung Park
Chapter 11: Kenyan Agency in Kenya-China Relations: Contestation, Cooperation and Passivity - Maddalena Procopio
Chapter 12: Bureaucratic Agency and Power Asymmetry: Benin and China - Folashadé Soulé-Kohndou
Chapter 13: Dependency and Underdevelopment: the case of the Special Economic Zone in Mauritius - Honita Cowaloosur and Ian Taylor
Chapter 14: Ivory Trails: Divergent Values of Ivory and Elephants in Africa and Asia - Stephanie Rupp
Views from Upstairs: Elites, Policy and Political Economy
Chapter 15: Neo-patrimonialism and Extraversion in China’s Relations with Angola and Mozambique: is Beijing making a difference? – Ana Cristina Alves and Sergio Chichava
Chapter 16: Between Resource Extraction and Industrializing Africa - Mzukisi Qobo and Garth le Pere
Chapter 17: A Chinese Model for Africa: the Problem with Problem-Solving
- Chris Alden
Chapter 18: New Structural Economics: Laying the Groundwork for Theoretical Reflection on China-Africa Engagement - Tang Xiaoyang
Chapter 19: China-in-Africa and Global Economic Transformation - Alvin Camba and Ho-Fung Hong
Chapter 20: China and African Security - Lina Benabdallah and Daniel Large
Chapter 21: Conclusion - Chris Alden and Daniel Large
Chris Alden is Professor of IR and Co-Head of the Africa International Affairs programme at the LSE, UK.Dan Large is Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy, Central European University, Hungary.