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Connectivity and competition: the emerging geographies of Africa’s ‘Ports Race’

Reboredo, Ricardo and Gambino, Elisa (2022) Connectivity and competition: the emerging geographies of Africa’s ‘Ports Race’. Area Development and Policy. ISSN 2379-2957

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Identification Number: 10.1080/23792949.2022.2115933


This paper critically analyses Africa’s ‘Ports Race’, the massive increase in port infrastructure investment taking place across the continent since the mid-2000s. It argues that the phenomenon shapes, and is shaped by, three interconnected trends: (1) an emerging material–political–institutional lock-in to a new extractivist paradigm of capital accumulation; (2) continental governments’ growing embrace of state-led development strategies; and (3) the repackaging of globalized discourses of connectivity and idealized visions of modernity by elites to legitimize both their own political positions and what are often exploitative and environmentally destructive practices/processes. Taken together, these developments point to novel configurations of engagement playing out across the continent between transnational capital and political elites.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2022 Regional Studies Association.
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2022 23:14
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 06:18

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