This book explores the nature of resource and market competition in Africa and the strategies adopted by the different actors involved - be they world powers or small companies. Focusing on key commodities, the book examines the dynamics of the new scramble and the impact of current investment and competition on people, the environment, and political and economic development on the continent. New theories, particularly the idea of Chinese "flexigemony" are developed to explain how resources and markets are accessed. While resource access is often the primary motive for increased engagement, the continent also offers a growing market for low-priced goods from Asia and Asian-owned companies. Individual chapters explore old and new economic power interests in Africa; oil, minerals, timber, biofuels, food and fisheries; and the nature and impacts of Asian investment in manufacturing and other sectors.
The New Scramble for Africa will be essential reading for students of African studies, international relations, and resource politics as well as anyone interested in current affairs.
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"Carmody’s skill is not merely in his assiduous efforts to
pool a huge array of information, but also in not getting carried
away with political rhetoric. Everything here is backed up with
statistical data and from numerous, wide-ranging sources.
Though fact-heavy, The New Scramble for Africa is a
remarkably accessible work on economic development."
"The single most useful book I have ever read about the
"Carmody's tone is not moralistic. Just a procession of facts
and conclusions. A cataract of catastrophe. What Pakenham does for
literature, Carmody achieves in scholarship."
"A must-read for anyone responsible for formulating strategy for
organisations aiming to impact Africa, in order to understand the
impact of the current forces at work, which need to be taken
into consideration to formulate a well-grounded response to
the challenges Africa is facing today."
Development in Practice
"A seminal study of the nature of resource and market
competition in Africa."
"An excellent reference source for those interested in
understanding the new scramble."
Africa Studies Quarterly
"A well-informed, nuanced and empirically rich contribution
based on an impressive body of material. At the same time, the book
is well structured and accessible even for non-specialists on the
"A rare and nuanced examination. It skillfully handles the
complex history and theories of Africa’s underdevelopment and
provides much guidance to scholars and advocates wishing to have a
deeper, critical understanding of the challenges African states
will confront in this century."
Global Environmental Politics
"Carmody argues forcefully that the current trends evoke the
late-nineteenth-century scramble for Africa, during which a handful
of European powers carved up the continent in pursuit of its
natural resources, and his book is full of arresting anecdotes and
provocative claims about the nature of the competition."
"Useful resource, particularly for undergraduate students
wishing to gain an accessible and empirically rich introduction to
key themes surrounding Africa’s external relations with both
eastern and western 'partners'."
"A very illuminating insight into imperialism's second scramble
"A timely book that deserves to be read by a broad audience of
Africanists. It successfully captures the major challenges
resulting from the deepening engagement of foreign actors on
Progress in Human Geography
"Carmody provides an intelligent and
readable insight into a complex and rapidly changing subject. By
working through specific resources, and by including a wide
spectrum of western and non-western actors, he is able to set out a
nuanced and detailed analysis of these dynamic relations. This is
an essential text for anyone seeking to get to grips with the 'new
scramble for Africa'."
Emma Mawdsley, Newnham College, Cambridge
"Pádraig Carmody's insightful volume challenges the
orthodoxies of 'new' economic geography to point to the salience of
power and politics in the new scramble for Africa. The book is a
very readable welcome addition to the literature from one of
geography's foremost scholars of African development."
Howard Stein, University of Michigan
"Carmody's book on accumulation and power in Africa is amongst
the most nuanced and most persuasive I've read. Given recent
Asian-African dynamics, this is a crucial time for a new overview
of the Scramble."
Patrick Bond, University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Development Studies
Chapter 2: Old Economic Power Resource Interests and Strategies in Africa.
Chapter 3: New Economic Power Resource Interests and Strategies in Africa.
Chapter 4: Driving the Global Economy: West African and Sahelian Oil.
Chapter 5: Minerals: Powering, Connecting and Wiring the Globe: From Uranium to Coltan.
Chapter 6: Furnishing and Feeding the World? Timber, Biofuels, Food and Fisheries.
Chapter 7: Markets and The Embedding of Asian Investment: Evidence from Zambia.
Chapter 8: Can African Unscramble the Continent?