07 Jan Capitalism in Africa
In 2017 ROAPE’s Jörg Wiegratz launched a debate series on roape.net to reflect on the state of research on capitalism in Africa. In 2017 we posted blogposts by Stefan Ouma on the historical context for such a debate in very different in the 1970s and 1980s – when ROAPE was at the forefront of discussions on this topic. In addition, we published Kate Meagher on how debate on industrial policy and the developmental state in Africa have directed attention to wider processes of class formation and economic transformation. Elísio Macamo’s blogpost in the series argued that instead of discussing whether “Capitalism” as such is a valid concept or a useful description of social phenomena in Africa, we should interrogate how concepts developed in very specific times and places under specific circumstances can be usefully deployed in other settings. Some of these pieces have been expanded into a series of Briefings and Debates in the hard copy of the journal on the same topic (and they can be accessed on roape.net here). To read the blogposts on roape.net please click here. We are continuing the debate in 2018 and welcome submissions. Anyone who wants to contribute to the debate, via blog and/or Briefings piece, please write to email@example.com. We hope and expect that the debate carries on into 2018 and beyond.