African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 389

Full Length Research Paper

US policy of capitalization and its discontents in Africa: A post-Marxist reading of postcolonial responses in art, film and social ‘writings’

  Alfred Ndi
University of Yaounde I, Ecole Normale Superieur, Bambili, Bamenda I, Republic of Cameroon. 
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 23 December 2010
  •  Published: 31 March 2011



This interdisciplinary paper investigated the impact of US capitalization policy on Africa and the postcolonial responses of Africans to these forces of internationalism by applying post-Marxist theory to a selection of social ‘writings’, creative works of art and films. It examined the post-World War II environment that necessitated the politics of capitalization by the emerging US Core and its allied powers. It analyzed the impact of capitalization on this environment and found that the policy led to new ideological clashes, widening social gaps, political and economic conditionalities, patron-client regimes, ineffective delivery systems, militarization of aid delivery and new consumerist practices. It concluded with suggestions for new strategic perspectives on how to deliver the capitalization policy in the globalizing context of Africa. It pointed out that social‘writings’, creative works of art and films were ideally placed as qualitative sources of data for this kind of research.


Key words: US capitalism, neo-imperialism, new forms of nationalist resistance in Africa, underdevelopment, post-Marxism, new development strategies, creative art, films and social writings.