The Historical Construction of ‘Southern Africa’

  • Fredrik Söderbaum
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


This chapter reveals some key elements of how Southern Africa has been historically constructed as a region by state, market, society as well as external actors. The ambition is not to make an exhaustive description of the history of Southern Africa, but rather to show how social actors and the cumulative legacies and struggles over territory, race, labour, political, economic and social goals have served to construct the heterogeneous regional space referred to as ‘Southern Africa’.


Political Economy African National Congress National Party Historical Construction Apartheid Regime 
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© Fredrik Söderbaum 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fredrik Söderbaum
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  1. 1.Department of Peace and Development ResearchGöteborg University (Padrigu)Sweden
  2. 2.United Nations University/Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU/CRIS)BrugesBelgium

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