1st Edition

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Recolonisation of Africa The Coloniality of Data

By Everisto Benyera Copyright 2021
    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book argues that the fourth industrial revolution, the process of accelerated automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices via digital technology, will serve to further marginalise Africa within the international community.

    In this book, the author argues that the looting of Africa that started with human capital and then natural resources, now continues unabated via data and digital resources looting. Developing on the notion of "Coloniality of Data", the fourth industrial revolution is postulated as the final phase which will conclude Africa’s peregrination towards recolonisation. Global cartels, networks of coloniality, and tech multinational corporations have turned big data into capital, which is largely unregulated or poorly regulated in Africa as the continent lacks the strong institutions necessary to regulate the mining of data. Written from a decolonial perspective, this book employs three analytical pillars of coloniality of power, knowledge and being.

    Highlighting the crippling continuation of asymmetrical global power relations, this book will be an important read for researchers of African studies, politics and international political economy.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at

    http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781003157731, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license

    1. Data coloniality: A decolonial perspective of Africa and the 4IR

    2. Historicising Africa’s subjugation

    3. Contextualising the colonial project in Africa

    4. Data mining, harvesting and datafication

    5. Networks, big data and data coloniality: Whither Africa’s sovereignty?

    6. The 4IR as the mother of all destructions and accumulations

    7. Mapping Africa’s destiny in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    8. Africa’s eunuch condition and the omnipresent footprints of the four industrial


    Everisto Benyera is Associate Professor of African Politics at the University of South Africa.