Traces of the Past, Fragments for the Future: South-South Cooperation (SSC) in the Indian Ocean

  • Ned Bertz
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


South-South Cooperation contains the potential to mitigate conflicts between states and stateless challenges to national authority. Despite the absence of historical perspective in contemporary conversations about development, traces of the past still exist, especially in areas like the Indian Ocean world, which could be used to build a future with possibilities more pluralistic than those currently offered by modern development (Chakrabarty, 2000).1 To realize this transformative vision, which has the potential to put Africa on centre stage, SSC also needs to be infused — once again — with politics. Otherwise, the only winner will be global capital in conjunction with national elites operating under the seemingly benevolent cloak of SSC.


Indian Ocean Medical Tour Indian Film Methodological Nationalism Foreign Film 
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