n African Renaissance - On social injustice, conflict and peace in Africa : Editorial essay

Volume 12 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


The phenomenal growth of the global political economy over the past fifty or so years has been matched not only by widening gaps in income between individual states and between individual citizens, but also the monumental increases in the number of people that the earth's depreciating and dwindling resources can feed or support comfortably. Beyond the resulting tensions, further irritations have emerged and coalesced over the years around the apparently embedded global divisions of labor (and the associated rewards) as well as the socio-economic and cultural effects and, particularly, power it imbues (or denies) to particular social groups or parts of the world. The net effect is that the contemporary global system remains beleaguered by a hodgepodge of issues and grievances. In consequence, tensions and conflicts have become rife around not only religion, ethnicity/race, but also the so-called "new" security challenges to human well-being such as health pandemics, unremitting poverty, human trafficking, climate change, abrupt economic and financial recessions, and international terrorism.

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