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Sino-African Encounters in Ghana and Nigeria : From Conflict to Conviviality and Mutual Benefit

Chinesisch-afrikanische Begegnungen in Ghana und Nigeria : vom Konflikt zum Vertrauen und gegenseitigen Nutzen
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Lampert, Ben; Mohan, Giles

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Abstract "China's renewed engagement with Africa is often framed as a form of imperialism, with the growing number of Chinese migrants on the continent seen as an exploitative presence. Such claims have generally been based on little evidence, and where more detailed empirical studies have emerged, they tend to emphasise the tensions and conflicts that have arisen. Our research on Chinese migrants in Ghana and Nigeria suggests that while there are concerns about Chinese competition in the informal retail sector and the treatment of local labour in Chinese enterprises, narratives of apparent tension and conflict are often much more nuanced than is generally recognised. Furthermore, more convivial and cooperative relations have also emerged and these have facilitated important opportunities for Africans to benefit from the Chinese presence. However, while the presence of Chinese migrants in African socio-economic life can be more integrated and mutually beneficial than is often assumed, the ability of African actors to benefit from this presence is highly uneven, placing the politics of class at the centre of any understanding of Sino-African encounters." (author's abstract)
Keywords China; Ghana; Nigeria; globalization; neoliberalism; migrant; migration; confidence; international cooperation; economic cooperation; social actor; promotion of development; Far East; developing country; West Africa; English-speaking Africa; Asia; Africa South of the Sahara; Africa
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology
Method descriptive study; empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 9-39
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 43 (2014) 1
Issue topic Understanding Chinese-African Interactions in Africa
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs