African Political Economy (AXL 3200F)


Course Convenor: Dr June Bam-Hutchison

Lecturers: Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza & Dr June Bam-Hutchison

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What is the course about?

This third year level course aims to introduce students to critical debates in the political economy of Africa, with specific reference to Sub-Saharan Africa. It focuses on a particular debate that can be traced to Giovanni Arrighi’s critique of the classical model as articulated by Arthur Lewis. The debate was taken a step further by a group of white South Africans, who had received their training in Britain and Europe. They developed a strongly Marxist theory under the theme of “articulation of modes of production”. There was also a group of African and Latin American scholars that got involved in the debate,…

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