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Situating the BRICS Phenomenon within the Histories and Cultures of Southern Africa

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Schumaker, Lyn, Andrew Richard Brooks, Pollard, Edward, Deborah Helen Potts, Msiska, Mpalive-Hangson

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)853-861
JournalJournal of Southern African Studies
Issue number5
Early online date1 Sep 2017
Accepted/In press31 Jul 2017
E-pub ahead of print1 Sep 2017


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From 7 to 11 August 2015, over a hundred international scholars met in Livingstone, Zambia to consider southern Africa’s place in the world in the context of the western powers’ apparent decline. Although other ‘south-south’ relationships were considered, the conference primarily focused on southern Africa’s relationship with ‘the BRICS’, an economic consortium made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Last to join, South Africa is also, economically, the ‘least’ (though it represents a crucial ‘gateway’ to sub-Saharan Africa).

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