Editorial from ROAPE Volume 32 Number 103
Imperialism and African Social Formations
In the last Issue of 2004, reviewing 30 years of this journal, an assessment was made of the key dimensions of the new situation facing Africa and the world, and on that basis a ‘new agenda’ was put forward to highlight priority areas for research and activism. These key areas were: &break; New Imperialism: The processes of globalised capitalism, still leaving Africa steeped in patterns of ‘primitive accumulation’, and the radical restructuring strategies of global US militarist hegemony, which seek from Africa only oil and other resources, and military collaboration. &break; New class formations: Modified patterns of reproduction of labour, consistent with primitive accumulation, which blur old ‘peasant’ and ‘proletarian’ class categories, and limit polarisation of some classes, while reinforcing the salience of ‘class’ in social analysis. &break; States and conflict: Reassessment of the African ‘state’ in this era of new imperialism and of new social formations, in particular emphasising the ‘political economy’ of war, violence and state failure. &break; New patterns of African resistance: Contemporary popular struggles and the potential for ‘solidarity’ - and the appropriate stance of a radical, metropolitan-based journal like ROAPE.