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Sino-African encounters in Ghana and Nigeria: from conflict to conviviality and mutual benefit

Lampert, Ben and Mohan, Giles (2014). Sino-African encounters in Ghana and Nigeria: from conflict to conviviality and mutual benefit. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 43(1) pp. 9–39.

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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.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Authors
ISSN: 1868-1026
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
The social and political impacts of South-South migration: A comparative analysis of Chinese migrant integration in West AfricaES/G035318/1ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: China in Africa; Chinese migrants in Africa; migration and development; conviviality; globalisation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
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Item ID: 39672
Depositing User: Ben Lampert
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2014 10:50
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 17:38
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/39672
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