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Chinese migrants and African development, new imperialists or agents of change?, Giles Mohan [and three others]

China's recent stepping up of relations with Africa is one of the most significant developments on the African continent for decades. For some it promises an end to Africa's dependent aid relationships as the Chinese bring expertise, technology, and a stronger business focus. But for others it is no more than a new form of imperialism. This book is the first to systematically study the motivations, relationships, and impact of this migration. It focuses not just on the Chinese migrants but also on the perceptions of, and linkages to, their African 'hosts'. By studying this everyday interaction we get a much richer picture of whether this is South-South cooperation, as the political leaders would have us believe, or a more complex relationship that can both compromise and encourage African development
Table Of Contents
Front cover -- About the authors -- Title page -- Copyright -- Contents -- Abbreviations -- 1 The Chinese in Africa: migration and development beyondthe West -- Introduction: African globalization and the emergence of China in Africa -- The state of knowledge and the book's themes -- Table 1.1 Estimates of the number of Chinese people in selected African countries -- Theories of 'South-South' migration -- Methodology: qualitative, quantitative and comparative -- Map 1.1 African case study countries and fieldwork locations -- Outline argument and structure -- 2 China's opening up: internationalization, liberalization andemigration -- Introduction -- China meets Africa: early contact and the 'coolie trade' -- Conflict, revolution and closure: the rise of Communist China -- China's opening: liberalization and the 'new' Chinese migration -- Conclusion -- Table 2.1 Typologies of Chinese migrants in Africa -- 3 Africa as opportunity: Chinese interests, motives and aspirations -- Introduction -- 'China-in-Africa': state interests and geopolitical drivers -- Africa as frontier: economic opportunities at the edge of globalization -- Broadening horizons: self-development and the desire for global experience -- Conclusion -- 4 Chinese socio-economic life in Africa: networks and realities -- Introduction -- Chinese business organization in Africa: from ethnic networks to local embeddedness -- Ethnic affinity and its limits: Chinese community organization and social life in Africa -- Struggling for success: the mixed fortunes of Chinese migrants in Africa -- Conclusion -- 5 Constructing the other: narratives of tension and conflictin Sino-African encounters -- Introduction -- Migration, integration and marginalization -- Tension and conflict I: Chinese migrants versus crime and corruption
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non fiction
1st ed.
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1 online resource (192 p.)
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