n Africa Insight - Africa’s World Trade: Informal Economies and Globalisation from Below, Margaret C. Lee - book review

Volume 48 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


This book is the first in a two-part series that looks at globalisation from above and below. My review is based on the first volume, which focuses on globalisation from below. The book examines globalisation from below as an integral part of the global economic system that affects agents in Africa, especially the poor. The author begins by outlining the rationale for the book, followed by four chapters that, respectively, consider globalisation from above and below; Guangzhou in China as a trading post for African migrant traders; Africa-China trade relations and the tensions between African and Chinese traders operating at the level of globalisation from below; and the USA’s African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and implications for Africans, especially textile workers. The book concludes with a discussion of the role of African leadership in globalisation from below, and the future of this form of globalisation and African trade regimes.

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