Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 12 August 2020

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter highlights the rational mechanics that underlines the formulation of propositions in conformity with the logic of linking economic production to a geographic location. It starts with a discussion of the relationships between the general dynamics of economics, history, and society and explores the ways in which economic ideas and proposition are received in the specific context of Africa, what interactions and transformations take place (i.e., according to what principles of selection), and what arguments and dynamic justifications are used to reinterpret and even “recreate” the continent as an economic entity. From this will progressively emerge some characteristic traits describing and specifying the “African reference,” as both contingent and necessary—an a posteriori necessity. The chapter also examines the philosophical foundations of development economics and discusses the autonomy of the pragmatics of development. Finally it stresses the need for conceptual reconstructions.

Keywords: economic science, rationality, economic production, geographic location, economics, history, society, Africa, development economics, economic development

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.