Representing Africa: The geography of Africa in world trade, 1960-1992

Richard Grant, John Agnew

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One feature of the contemporary world situation about which there seems to be wide agreement is that "Africa" is in dire economic and political straits. There is disagreement only about why this is so. But many commentators agree, whatever their theoretical predelictions, that Africa's declining position within world trade is symptomatic of "the continent's problems." This paper challenges this consensus by using a long time-series of data on Africa's trading patterns and questioning the geographical assumptions about Africa upon which the conventional wisdom is based.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)729-744
Number of pages16
JournalAnnals of the Association of American Geographers
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Africa
  • Geographical representation
  • Trade theories
  • World trade

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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