Respacing Africa

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Editors: Ulf Engel and Paul Nugent
Space has been reintroduced as an analytical category to the humanities and social sciences in the early 1990s. African Studies is one of the fields of knowledge production where the so-called spatial turn has proved to be extremely fruitful. The continent provides ample evidence for complex processes of deterritorialisation (migration, globalisation, sub-nationalisms) and reterritorialisation (new regionalisms, processes of bordering, etc.). These dialectical processes are driven by a variety of actors: political elites, multinational companies, warlords, donor governments, local traders, international NGOs, etc. As a result substantial parts of Africa witness the emergence of new regimes of territoriality: re-ordered states, transnational and sub-national entities, new localities and transborder formations.
This volume brings together contributions from anthropology, history, geography and political science.
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Biographical Note

Ulf Engel, Dr. phil. (1994) and Habilitation (1999) in Political Science, is a Professor of Politics in Africa at the University of Leipzig. He has published extensively on Africa's international relations. He also co-edited African Alternatives (with L. de Haan and P. Chabal; Brill, 2007).
Paul Nugent, Ph.D. (1991), SOAS, is Professor of Comparative African History and Director of the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He has published three monographs, including Africa Since Independence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), and has a particular interest in border spaces. Paul is the current President of AEGIS.

Table of contents

CONTENTS
Introduction: The spatial turn in African studies ........................ 1
Ulf Engel and Paul Nugent

Actors, places, regions, and global forces: An essay on the spatial history of Africa since 1700 ......... 11
Allen M. Howard

State, region and space in Africa .................................................... 45
Fredrik Söderbaum and Ian Taylor

Siamese twin towns and unitary concepts in border inequality .................................................................. 71
David B. Coplan

Respacing for peace, security and sustainable development: The African Union Border Programme in European
comparative historical perspective ............................................. 89
Anthony I. Asiwaju

Staying put in moving sands.
The stepwise migration process of sub-Saharan African migrants heading north .............. 113
Joris Schapendonk

Reshaping Congolese statehood in the midst of crisis and transition .................................. 139
Timothy Raeymaekers and Koen Vlassenroot

The neo-tribal competitive order in the borderland of Egypt and Libya ................................. 169
Thomas Hüsken

List of contributors ............................................................................ 207
Index .................................................................................................... 211

Readership

All those interested in new social dynamics in Africa and the changes in established academic disciplines dealing with change in Africa.

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