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Southern Africa in World Politics
Local Aspirations and Global Entanglements

ISBN 9780813343112
Published February 11, 2005 by Routledge
255 Pages

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Book Description

These days, politics often seem to be local and global simultaneously, challenging people, politicians, and scholars to sort out what is domestic from what is international and how the two are related. Janice Love demonstrates the complex realities of how local and global politics are intimately interwoven, sometimes inextricably so, specifically in southern Africa. In southern Africa, like many other regions, such linkages have existed for decades, if not centuries. Yet the current era is different from previous times when human communities found themselves closely intertwined. Love examines military, political, and economic changes in recent decades. Students of international relations, comparative politics, and African studies will find the region's experience instructive in understanding larger trends in the world. Students particularly interested in Africa will gain insight not only about this region, but also its significance for the whole continent. Deliberately crosses the boundaries of domestic politics and foreign policy as well as comparative politics and international relations. By taking a globalization approach, connecting the local, regional and global, the book offers fresh insights into the dynamics of war and peace, wealth and poverty as well as local to global governance in southern Africa. Examines globalization in three arenas or domains (military, political, and economic), not only distinguishing them from each other, but also probing what has changed and what has remained the same across time.

Table of Contents

1. Globalization and Localization * Conceptual Framework 2. The History of Southern Africa: An Overview * Early Africans and Early Europeans * Modern Globalization and Southern Africa * Contemporary Globalization in the Region 3. Old Wars Made New: Military Globalization * Contemporary Military Globalization and Southern Africa * Wars of Independence Against White Rule * Regionalized and Globalized Civil Wars: Independence and the Cold War * Regionalized and Globalized Civil Wars: After the Cold War 4. Political Globalization * Contemporary Political Globalization and Southern Africa * Global, Regional, and Local Governance * Transnational Advocacy Networks * The Impact of Individuals 5. Economic Globalization * Contemporary Economic Globalization * The Political Economy of Southern Africa * Governments Economic Policies * Poverty and Survival 6. Conclusion

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