Ecological Imperialism, Development, and the Capitalist World-System: Cases from Africa and Asia, Mariko Lin Frame 2022, Routledge, ISBN 9780367204105 (Hardcopy), 224 pp

Alizee Ville

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In her book Ecological Imperialism, Development, and the Capitalist World-System, Mariko Lin Frame, assistant professor of economics, attempts to demonstrate how the dynamics of the global economy are driving environmental degradation and perpetuating inequalities in the Global South. At a time where global disparities in raw material consumption continue to widen despite decades of development policies, and the per capita annual consumption in the USA (30 tons), Europe (20 tons), and Africa (5 tons) is staggeringly diverging, Frame argues for a closer examination of how the Global South’s dependent position has been reinforced through changes in the neoliberal development policies relating to international trade, investment, and finance. By deepening theoretical linkages between Ecologically Unequal Exchange and Ecological Imperialism (the topic of her doctoral dissertation), Frame demonstrates the political economy behind this expansion, through compelling case studies from Africa and Asia, revealing that below the most striking aspects of this ecological imperialism, such as open-air mining and large-scale plantations, lay the historical and financial infrastructures which drive this extractivism. 


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