African Miracle, African Mirage: Transnational Politics and the Paradox of Modernization in Ivory Coast available in Paperback
Throughout the 1960s and 70s, 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. To some extent, Amin s criticisms were validated when, in the 1980s, the Ivorian economy collapsed.
About the Author
Abou B. Bamba is an associate professor of history and Africana studies at Gettysburg College.