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SS-102T
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Meeting Information
Location: FPH 105
Days: M W
Time: 10:30AM - 11:50AM
Email: odSS@hampshire.edu
Extension: 5392
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Technical Information
Course Level: 100
Course Number: 102T
Course Capacity: n/a"n/a" is not a number.
Course Website: https://athena.hampshire.edu/S293106/index.php


Multinational institutions such as the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are widely recognized as leading forces behind neo-liberal globalization. What is less clear is the role each plays in the process. This course is an introduction to and critical examination of the African experience with multinational institutions and globalization. Topics will include, overall economic performance throughout the continent in the past 30 years; the impact of IMF and World Bank programs; challenges confronting agricultural development and the impact of EU and US subsidies on the livelihoods of farmers; the rise and recent success (such as in the Cancun Ministerial) of developing country coalitions within the WTO such as the African Group and African Caribbean Partnership and their potential for increasing the power of African nations within the global arena; an exploration of viable development alternatives -including industrial and agricultural policies- as well as a discussion of democratic reforms that took place in the 1990s and their implication for proposed solutions to poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. QUA, REA, WRI, MCP, PRJ, PRS

Syllabus

09-10-2007 Monday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM Class INTRODUCTION TO AFRICA, ECONOMIC THEORY, AND HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT Required

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Response Paper: 1) What is Economics? What is Globalization? What does economic theory say about Globalization? This is probably the only time I will write this but I would prefer that you answer this particular question without doing any extra research. Just base your response on your previous knowledge or impressions. 2) Browse through the IMF, WB, and WTO websites. (www.wto.org ; www.worldbank.org; www.imf.org ) What is the mandate of each organization? What similarities and differences are apparent? What issues/themes are highlighted or stressed on their websites? Discuss at least two items that you found particularly interesting 3) The WTO replaced the GATT (General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs). However, the GATT apparently still maintains its old website. Look over the GATT website (www.gatt.org) and talk a little about its mandate. Required

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• Wainaina, Binyavanga, 2006. “How to write about Africa,” Granta 92: The View from Africa, available at http://www.granta.com/extracts/2615 Required

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OUR CONTINENT OUR FUTURE PP. xi-xiv Required 09-12-2007 Wednesday

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World Bank (www.worldbank.org); IMF (www.imf.org); WTO (www.wto.org); Required

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McMichael, Philip, 2000. “Development and the Global Marketplace” in Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective, Pine Forge Press: Thousand Oaks, pp. xxvii-xli Required 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class INTRO- CONTINUED Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required 09-17-2007 Monday

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Essay 1: Vanity Fair Magazine DUE WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 26 Format: double spaced, 1-inch margin on each side, size 11 font. After browsing through the magazine, read the essays by Binyavanga Wainaina (“Generation Kenya”; pp. 84-94), Nina Munk ( “Jeffrey Sachs’s $200 Billion Dream; pp. 140-147) and Alex Shoumatoff (“The Lazarus Effect” pp. 156-161 continued on pp. 221-223). All three articles offer stories of positive change in different places in Sub-Saharan Africa (though not without acknowledging obstacles). In this essay you should assess the three articles and provide points of convergence and divergence between them. What are their strong and weak points? How are they similar or different in terms of coverage and representation of the nature of the problems they are dealing with? Finally, how does the characterization of the problem and the types of solutions being discussed lead us down a path towards understanding how best to approach the challenges of development in Sub-Saharan Africa? Required

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Bhagwati, J. 2004. “The Human Face of Globalization,” Global Agenda Magazine Required

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Chang, H.J. 2003. “Kicking Away the Ladder, The ‘Real’ History of Free Trade,” Foreign Policy in Focus Report. Required

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Herman, E. 1999. “The Threat of Globalization,” New Politics, 7(2): 26 Required 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class DEFINING AND RE-THINKING GLOBALIZATION Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required 09-19-2007 Wednesday

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DOCUMENTARY 7-9PM 'DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE' Required

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Ferguson, James, 2006. Global Shadows: Africa In the Neoliberal World Order, Duke University Press: Durham, Chapter 1: Globalizing Africa? Observations from An Inconvenient Continent, pp. 25-49. Required 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class THE MISSING CONTINENT IN GLOBALIZATION DEBATES Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required 09-24-2007 Monday

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OUR CONTINENT OUR FUTURE CHAPTER 1 Required 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class INITIAL CONDITIONS AND ORIGINS OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required 09-25-2007 Tuesday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM Class DOCUMENTARY 7-9 PM "OUR FRIENDS AT THE BANK" Required 09-26-2007 Wednesday

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ESSAY 2: Colonialism and Undeverdevelopment DUE WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10th, 2007 In addition to Walter Rodney’s “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa,” choose one of the following: a) Judith Van Allen’s “ ‘Sitting On A Man’: Colonialism and the Lost Political Institutions of Igbo Women” ; b) Paul Bohannan’s “Some Principles of Exchange and Investment Among the Tiv” ; or c) James Ferguson “Paradoxes of Sovereignty and Independence: ‘Real’ and ‘Pseudo-‘ Nation-States and The Depoliticization of Poverty”. Walter Rodney’s article discusses how colonialism retarded economic and political growth and development in Africa. Van Allen discusses how colonialism exerted a negative influence on women’s power in the political institutions of the Igbo women of Nigeria. Bohannan on the other hand focuses on how the Tiv of Nigeria arrange commodities into different spheres of exchange and therefore have broadly an alternative notion of commodity production than that of the market economy. Finally, Ferguson argues that thinking of development merely within the framework of a nation-state is trap, making his point by comparing the ‘sovereign’ and ‘independent’ state of Lesotho with the Bantu ethnic enclave of Transkei within apartheid South Africa. In the essay discuss the various ways in which, according to Rodney (or other class material), Europe underdeveloped Africa and integrate into that discussion examples from one of the other three articles that either provide evidence for, contradict, or expand upon Rodney’s thesis. Required

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Bohannan, Paul. 1997. “Some Principles of Exchange and Investment Among the Tiv” in Grinker, R. R. and C. B. Steiner (eds.) Perspectives On Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation, Blackwell Publishing: Malden. pp. 119-128 Supplemental

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Ferguson, James, 2006. Global Shadows: Africa In the Neoliberal World Order, Duke University Press: Durham, Chapter 2: Paradoxes of Sovereignty and Independence: ‘Real’ and ‘Pseudo-‘ Nation-States and The Depoliticization of Poverty, pp. 50- 68. Supplemental

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Rodney, Walter. 1997. “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa” in Grinker, R. R. and C. B. Steiner (eds.) Perspectives On Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation, Blackwell Publishing: Malden. pp. 585-596 Required

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Van Allen, Judith. 1997. “ ‘Sitting On A Man:’ Colonialism and the Lost Political Institutions of Igbo Women” in Grinker, R. R. and C. B. Steiner (eds.) Perspectives On Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation, Blackwell Publishing: Malden. pp. 536- 549 Supplemental 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required 10-01-2007 Monday

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OUR CONTINENT OUT FUTURE CHAPTER 2 Required 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL CRISES Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required 10-03-2007 Wednesday

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Ake, Claude. 1996. Democracy and Development in Africa, Brookings Institution: Washington D.C. Chapter 1: The Development Paradigm and Its Politics pp. 1-17. Required 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class GUEST SPEAKER: PROFESSOR FRANK HOLMQUIST Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required 10-08-2007 Monday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM Class OCTOBER BREAK YAYYYYYYY Required 10-10-2007 Wednesday

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OUR CONTINENT OUR FUTURE CHAPTER 3 Required

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DOCUMENTARY 7-9PM "BLACK GOLD" Required

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Ake, Claude. 1996. Democracy and Development in Africa, Brookings Institution: Washington D.C. Chapter 2: A Confusion of Agendas, pp. 18-41 Supplemental

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Lewis, Stephen. 2006. Race Against Time, Anansi: Toronto. Chapter 1 Context: It Shames and Diminishes Us All Required 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required 10-15-2007 Monday

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OUR CONTINENT OUR FUTURE CHAPTER 4 Required 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class CURRENT DEBATES Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required 10-17-2007 Wednesday

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Dutt, A. K. 2006. “The World Trade Organization” University of Notre Dame, Department of Economics and Policy Studies, Unpublished Manuscript. Required 10-22-2007 Monday

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Bond, Patrick. 2006. Looting Africa, Zed Books: New York. Chapter 3: Financial Inflows and Outflows: Phantom aid, debt peonage, capital flight, pp. 31-54 Required

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Bond, Patrick. 2006. Looting Africa, Zed Books: New York. Chapter 4: Unequal Exchange Revisited: Trade, investment, wealth depletion, pp. 55-94 Required 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class LOOTING AFRICA Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required 10-24-2007 Wednesday

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Bond, Patrick. 2006. Looting Africa, Zed Books: New York. Chapter 5: Global Apartheid’s African Agents: Home-grown neoliberalism, repression, failed reform, pp. 95-110 Required 10-29-2007 Monday

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Narlikar, A. and R. Wilkinson, 2004. “Collapse at the WTO: a Cancun post-mortem”, Third World Quarterly, 25(3): 447-460. Required 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class WHITHER WTO? Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required 10-31-2007 Wednesday

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WTO Africa Group Proposal on Agriculture Required 11-05-2007 Monday

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Sachs, Jeffrey. 2005. The End of Poverty: Economics Possibilities for Our Time, Penguin Books: New York. Chapters 13 & 14, pp. 244-287 Required 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class WHAT IS TO BE DONE? Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required 11-07-2007 Wednesday 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class no class-YAYYYYY but you have to meet with me-BOOOO Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required 11-12-2007 Monday

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Sachs, Jeffrey. 2005. The End of Poverty: Economics Possibilities for Our Time, Penguin Books: New York. Chapter 16, p. 309-328 Required 11-14-2007 Wednesday

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Lewis, Stephen. 2006. Race Against Time, Anansi: Toronto. Chapter 5 Solutions: A Gallery of Alternatives in Good Faith Required 11-19-2007 Monday

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Africa Development Indicators (Large) November 14 2007 World Bank Required 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required 11-21-2007 Wednesday 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class THANKSGIVING BREAK Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required 11-26-2007 Monday

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Ferguson, James, 2006. Global Shadows: Africa In the Neoliberal World Order, Duke University Press: Durham, Chapter 7: Decomposing Modernity: History and Hierarchy After Development, pp. 176-193 Required 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required 11-28-2007 Wednesday

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Ferguson, James, 2006. Global Shadows: Africa In the Neoliberal World Order, Duke University Press: Durham, Chapter 8: Governing Extraction: New Spatializations of Order and Disorder in Neoliberal Africa, pp. 194- 210. Required 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required 12-03-2007 Monday 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class PRESENTATIONS Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required 12-05-2007 Wednesday 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Class Scheduled Class PRESENTATIONS Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required

 	  	Assignment  	FINAL RESEARCH PAPER 

Location: Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 105 Required

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Required Reading

  • Vanity Fair 563 (July 2007)
  • The other text whose name I cannot recall nor find at present
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