The Market Tells Them So: The World Bank and Economic Fundamentalism in Africa

Voorkant
Zed Books, 1995 - 313 pagina's
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Structural adjustment is not just an economic strategy but, this book argues, embodies a social, cultural and even religious vision for the remaking of Africa and the world. This highly original critique of the World Bank's structural adjustment agenda in Africa explodes the value-free pretensions of economics. It provides a more integrated understanding of questions of faith and values in development than has been available from theologians and social scientists up to now, and helps to explain why churches are so intimately involved in these struggles. The book focuses on three aspects of structural adjustment in Africa: the fundamentalist character of World Bank thinking in the scale of its ambitions and its denial of the legitimacy of contrary views; criticisms of structural adjustment from a variety of social science perspectives; and the resistance to this agenda emerging from African churches and social movements.
  

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INTRODUCTION
9
Globalization as Social Control
15
CHAPTER ONE
21
The Theology of Structural Adjustment
27
Filling in the Gaps
35
CHAPTER TWO
43
The Development of Structural Adjustment
50
CHAPTER THREE
55
The Assumptions of the World Banks ExportOriented
147
Ghana
155
The GATT Negotiations
165
Making Structural Adjustment Permanent
171
CHAPTER SEVEN
183
Gender Ecology and SAPs
190
CHAPTER EIGHT
199
The World Banks Biotechnology Vision
205

Rescuing the Banks
65
Myths about SubSaharan Africas Debt
71
Multilateral Debt Relief Proposals
78
CHAPTER FOUR
85
The Size of Government
91
Summary of Berg Report
99
The Debt Crisis
105
The ECA Response
112
Donor Conditionality
121
Consolidating the Agenda
123
The Global Coalition for Africa
129
CHAPTER SIX
141
The Socialization of Genetic Resources
211
Counter BioRevolution
219
CHAPTER NINE
225
The Churches as Instruments of Recolonization
231
African Churches and Northern Partners
243
Conclusion
249
Adjustment with a Human Face
257
The Church as Oppressor of Women
263
CONCLUSION
273
BIBLIOGRAPHY
281
INDEX
307
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