Contradicting Orthodoxy: Samir Amin, Socialist transformation and ‘sovereign national projects’?

Contradicting Orthodoxy: Samir Amin, Socialist transformation and ‘sovereign national projects’?

 

This stream debates the contemporary and recent historical patterns of resistance to the ‘morbid symptoms’ of late capitalism in Africa.  It explores existing patterns of alternatives to the continued orthodoxy and mainstream argument for market and institutional reform across the African continent as a panacea to what is often perceived as economic underachievement and political instability.

The two panels present evidence for the feasible utopia of an alternative to mainstream orthodoxy and policy debate and practice in a continent marked by uneven development and economic and political relations shaped by the imperialist global order. The panels examine the dynamics of contemporary crises, resistance to it and the engagement with struggles that might offer national and regional alternatives.

Panels convened by The Review of African Political Economy

Panel 1 – Context and struggles

The Crisis and the state of resistance

Resistance – Working Class
Peasant
Migrant Labour
Petty commodity producers – ‘the everyday struggles of the ordinary’
States in Resistance

Panel 2 – Alternatives and the Climate emergency

Africa and a 4th food regime?
World Ecology and food sovereignty
Climate Emergency Labour and Class
Withdrawing from the international law of value?
Africa and sovereign national projects

 

Organisers: Ray Bush (r.c.bush@leeds.ac.uk) and Leo Zeilig (website.editor@roape.net)