Black Business and Economic Power

Black Business and Economic Power

Edited by Toyin Falola, Alusine Jalloh


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University of Rochester Press



The first collection on historical and contemporary black business in Africa and the African diaspora in America, with contributors from a wide perspective of disciplines.
This is the first collection on historical and contemporary black business in Africa and the American diaspora, as well as transatlantic business between the United States and Africa. The contributors, all internationally recognized in their fields, provide African and non-African perspectives on various aspects of the black business experience. The first section of this book examines the history of business in Africa, with emphases on indigenous practices, regional commerce, and the linkages between Africa and other parts of the world. The second section looks at the creation of modern entrepreneur management practices. The third and final section deals with the various aspects of contemporary black business in the United States. This book seeks to inform readers and stimulate further research on black business in, as well as between, Africa and the African diaspora in America.

Alusine Jalloh is Associate Professor of History and founding Director of the Africa Program at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.


May 2002
632 pages
9x6.5 in
Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
ISBN: 9781580461146
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC BUS035000, BUS022000, SOC056000
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Table of Contents

Indigenous Values and the Organization of Informal Sector Business in West Africa - C. Magbaily Fyle
The Development of Entrepreneurship in Africa: Southeastern Nigeria during the Era of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade - Joseph Inikori
Trade, Transportation, and Expanding Economic Networks: Saharan Caravan Commerce in the Era of European Expansion, 1500-1900 - Ralph Austen
African Business in Nineteenth-Century West Africa - Gareth M. Austin
Money, Credit, and Banking in Colonial and Postcolonial West Africa - Akanmu G. Adebayo
The Impact of British Colonialism on the Development of African Business in Colonial Nigeria - Ayodeji Olukoju
African Businesswomen in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa: A Comparative Survey - Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch
The State and Indigenous Entrepreneurship in Post-Independence Africa - John M. Mbaku
The Intersection of Religion and Business Behavior in Africa - Nimi Wariboko
African Muslim Business in Postcolonial West Africa -
Survival, Innovation, and Success in Time of Trouble: What Prospects for Central African Entrepreneurs? - Janet MacGaffey
The Challenge of Indigenization, Affirmative Action, and Black Empowerment in Zimbabwe and South Africa - Scott Taylor
Gender and the Range of Entrepreneurial Strategies: The "Typical" and the "New" Women Entrepreneurs - Anita Spring
"Where Did All Our Customers Go?": Historic Black-Owned Businesses and the African American Consumer Market - Robert E. Weems
The Impact of Economic Culture on the Business Success of African American Entrepreneurs - Bessie House-Soremekun
The Impact of Criminal Activity on Black Business Success: Implications for Public Policy - Bessie House-Soremekun
Patterns of African American Female Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship in Ten Southern Cities, 1880-1930 - John N. Ingham
Oprah Winfrey, The Tycoon: Contextualizing the Economics of Race, Class, and Gender in Black Business History in Post-Civil Rights America - Julia E. K. Walker
The African Union Company of the 1920s and Its Black Business Activities in Africa and the United States - Maceo Crenshaw Dailey Jr.
Neocolonialism in the African Diaspora? Black American Business Competition in South Africa - Julia E. K. Walker
The Development of Black Capitalism in South Africa and the United States - Okechukwu C. Iheduru


(This book) highlights with rare clarity black peoples' attempt to acquire wealth through entrepreneurship in a world often hostile to them. H-AFRICA

This collection of essays is a thought-provoking contribution to the economic histories of both African and African American is the first major work to offer representative contributions from both camps. As such, it is likely to earn deserved recognition for bringing these historiographies into closer proximity, an idea long overdue. This is the beginning to what will no doubt be an extremely fruitful dialog. AFRICAN HISTORY, Vol 45, 2004

(This book) highlights with rare clarity black people's attempt to acquire wealth through entrepreneurship in a world often hostile to them. . . the book addresses issues not just dear to black people, but relevant to anyone interested in understanding economic and business relationships in a changing socioeconomic environment. H-NET REVIEWS

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