Five College Consortium

The Search for an Inclusive and Just Global Economy: Women Peasants, Artisans and Traders Matter to the Global Economy

Wed, Mar 7 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Five College Women's Studies, Five Coll Women's Studies Seminar Room


Public Talk by Mary Njeri Kinyanjui, FCWSRC Research Associate and Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi

While it is difficult to pinpoint when the global economy was initiated, many critics are quick to point out how Africa is a burden or a problem to be solved by developed world economies. In the words of Giugale Marcelo, Africa is the "last frontier" which needs to be incorporated into the global economy through economic development or its "economies of affection" need to be captured, according to Goran Hyden. These individuals to be incorporated or captured include women peasants, artisans and traders who have survived into the 21st century doing their "own thing" which looks strange to many analysts. In this talk, Kinyanjui interrogate four issues: why the women peasants, artisans and traders have survived into the 21st century, the economic models which they have crafted for their survival against the imperialistic global economy penetration, why these models matters to the global economy, and why there is need to shift the current women peasants, artisans and traders global economic engagements to realize an inclusive and just global economy. 


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