Southern Africa in World Politics

Local Aspirations and Global Entanglements


Janice Love

First Edition • January 21, 2005 • 256 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813343112 • $36.00 USD$69.99 CAN

Ebook ISBN: 9780786752423 • $22.99 USD$26.99 CAN

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These days, politics often seem to be local and global simultaneously, challenging people, politicians, and scholars to sort out what is domestic from what is international and how the two are related. Janice Love demonstrates the complex realities of how local and global politics are intimately interwoven, sometimes inextricably so, specifically in southern Africa. In southern Africa, like many other regions, such linkages have existed for decades, if not centuries. Yet the current era is different from previous times when human communities found themselves closely intertwined. Love examines military, political, and economic changes in recent decades. Students of international relations, comparative politics, and African studies will find the region’s experience instructive in understanding larger trends in the world. Students particularly interested in Africa will gain insight not only about this region, but also its significance for the whole continent. Deliberately crosses the boundaries of domestic politics and foreign policy as well as comparative politics and international relations. By taking a globalization approach, connecting the local, regional and global, the book offers fresh insights into the dynamics of war and peace, wealth and poverty as well as local to global governance in southern Africa. Examines globalization in three arenas or domains (military, political, and economic), not only distinguishing them from each other, but also probing what has changed and what has remained the same across time.


Janice Love taught international relations in political science departments for 21 years. Now she teaches in the department of religious studies, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

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