Property, Institutions, and Social Stratification in Africa

Author:   Franklin Obeng-Odoom (University of Helsinki)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
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9781108491990


Pages:   376
Publication Date:   26 March 2020
Format:   Hardback
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Author:   Franklin Obeng-Odoom (University of Helsinki)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.80cm , Height: 2.60cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.630kg
ISBN:  

9781108491990


ISBN 10:   1108491995
Pages:   376
Publication Date:   26 March 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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'Franklin Obeng-Odoom follows a growing cadre of scholarship generated by African scholars who are particularly engaging African economic issues in a distinctively, self-determined way. In doing exactly that, Property, Institutions, and Social Stratification in Africa is a brilliant book that intellectually grapples with the continent's sustained least developed ranking in the world. Be that as it may, the book also cleverly avoids - and actually effectively debunks - lazy, neoclassical explanations attributing Africa's poverty and inequality to its backwardness and traditional culture. Instead, Obeng-Odoom uniquely formulates a refreshing alternative thesis about African economic prospects using what he refers to as a new theory of black stratification economics. To this end, Obeng's deep structuralist analysis delicately reveals both the historical and continuing external expropriation and transfers of African land, labor, and capital as the source of the problem.' Rita Kiki Edozie, The John W McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, UMass Boston 'The vast majority of the dubious literature on this profound topic derives from the neo-colonial European-American conceit that the only problem with Nigeria is that it is not more like Norway, and the only problem with South Sudan is that it is not more like Switzerland. The tyranny of the World Bank ideology machine, aided by a compliant cadre of land-obsessed NGOs, has held the stage for too long. Franklin Obeng-Odoom will now teach what must be learned. An African voice on land policy? How novel.' Daniel W. Bromley, University of Wisconsin-Madison


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Franklin Obeng-Odoom is Associate Professor of Development Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

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