Port Geographies: Africa’s Infrastructure Boom and the Reconfiguration of Power and Authority

Jana Hönke



    This chapter analyses the geographies of power and authority that new large-scale infrastructure projects in Africa reveal. Against the expectation that much of Africa’s current infrastructure boom is driven by resource extraction, it looks at its broader political reconfigurations and argues that more attention is required to the ever more diverse set of external actors involved in infrastructure, increasingly also actors from the Global South. The chapter thus explores some of the ‘state effects’ of new port projects, but is also an exploration of ports’ complex transboundary topologies made up of a multiplicity of actors, standards and technologies. The analysis is build around major port refurbishment and construction projects along the East African coast, in particular the port of Dar es Salaam and the new megaport at Bagamoyo (both in Tanzania), based on fieldwork and desk research. After a discussion of perspectives on infrastructure hubs and the African state, the chapter turns to state politics around the port of Dar es Salaam. This is followed by an exploration of Dar port as a transnational project, and, finally, a discussion of powerful new imaginaries of development and modernity – from a Dubai to a Shenzen ‘model’ – that drive new gate projects.
    Originele taal-2English
    TitelExtractive Industries and Changing State Dynamics in Africa
    SubtitelBeyond the Resource Curse
    RedacteurenJon Schubert, Ulf Engel, Elisio Macamo
    Aantal pagina's16
    ISBN van elektronische versie9781351200639
    ISBN van geprinte versie9780815391845
    StatusPublished - 10-jul.-2018

    Publicatie series

    NaamRoutledge Studies in African Development


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