Abou B. Bamba

Abou B. Bamba is an associate professor of history and Africana studies at Gettysburg College.

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African Miracle, African Mirage · Transnational Politics and the Paradox of Modernization in Ivory Coast
By Abou B. Bamba

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Ivory Coast was touted as an African miracle, a poster child for modernization and the ways that Western aid and multinational corporations would develop the continent. At the same time, Marxist scholars—most notably Samir Amin—described the capitalist activity in Ivory Coast as empty, unsustainable, and incapable of bringing real change to the lives of ordinary people.

“Abou Bamba shows that rather than accepting a subordinate economic relationship to France, leaders of the Côte d'Ivoire sought to play foreign powers and investors off against each other. Looking in detail at development projects, he makes an important and revealing contribution to the growing field of development history.”

Frederick Cooper, author of Africa in the World: Capitalism, Empire, Nation-State