This book is an outcome of research on African development from the standpoint of economic geography which I have been undertaking over the last four years. The initial impetus for the research was a social science grant from the Rockefeller Foundation which enabled me to write most of the preliminary draft of the book during a sabbatical in1984/85 which I spent at the University of Zimbabwe as Visiting Professor of Geography. A good deal of the latter part of the book was written in September of 1985 at the Rockefeller Foundation Study and ConferenceCenter in Bellagio, Italy, where I spent three weeks as a member of theReflections on Development Fellows of the Foundation from Africa and Asia.
List of Illustrations -- Preface -- 1. The Nature of the African Development Crisis -- 2. Structural Hegemony in the Economic Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa -- 3. Structural Hegemony and Ecological Constraints in Sub-Saharan Africa -- 4. Fundamentals of Structural Hegemony: Theoretical Issues for Spatial Readjustment -- 5. Empirical Regularities of Structural Hegemony: The Economic Geography of the Postcolonial State in Sub-Saharan Africa -- 6. Approaches to Structural Readjustment and Regional Development Planning -- References -- Index.