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Celebrate the Publication of Rita Kiki Edozie’s Book: Pan Africa Rising

Image of book Pan Africa Rising: The Cultural Political Economy of Nigeria’s Afri-capitalism and South Africa’s Ubuntu Business
Event Date: February 05, 2018 - 4 p.m.
Location: Campus Center, 2nd Floor, Room 2551

Pan Africa Rising: The Cultural Political Economy of Nigeria’s Afri-capitalism and South Africa’s Ubuntu Business (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2017)

Using Nigeria’s Afri-capitalist and South Africa’s Ubuntu business models as case studies, Pan Africa Rising shows how the tension between Africa Rising and Pan African economics can be reconciled. Professor Edozie posits a convergence between the two models, revealing an African "Third Way" to global economic development.

Proposing Afri-capitalism and Ubuntu as national, business-sector manifestations of a new Pan Africanism, the author explores Africa’s "culturalist" path in embracing the international political economy— an Africa-customized engagement that parallels China’s "market socialism" and Latin America’s "21st C socialism."

All these models present alternatives to realist, liberal, and structuralist social science standpoints, inclining instead toward constructivist political economies derived from the perspectives and subject conditions of African economic histories, socio-cultures, alternative modernities, and agent-led initiatives.

Image of Author Rita Kiki Edozie

Bio

Rita Kiki Edozie is professor of international relations and associate dean in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has been a teacher-scholar and academic administrator of graduate education and undergraduate studies for approximately twenty years. Professor Edozie has authored seven books and several journal articles and book chapters, including The African Union’s Africa: New Pan-African Initiatives in Global Governance (2014). In 2017 she received an honorary appointment as professor and research associate at the University of South Africa–Pretoria.

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