BRICS and Resistance in Africa

Contention, Assimilation and Co-optation

Edited by Justin van der Merwe, Patrick Bond, and Nicole Dodd


Explores the growing resistance to the BRICS nations in Africa

Though initially considered a welcome counterweight to Western interest across Africa, the BRICS are increasingly being viewed as another example of foreign interference and exploitation.

BRICS and Resistance in Africa explores the varied forms of African resistance being developed in response to the growing influence of the BRICS. Its case studies cover such instances as the opposition to China’s One Belt One Road initiative in East Africa; resistance to the BRICS’ oil activities in the Niger Delta; and the role of the BRICS in Zimbabwe’s political transition. The contributors expose the contradictions between the group’s rhetoric and its real impact, as well as the complicity of local elites in serving as proxies for the BRICS nations.

By challenging and expanding the debates surrounding BRICS involvement in Africa, this collection offers new insight into resistance to globalization in the global South.

Author Bio

Justin van der Merwe is a Senior Researcher with the Centre for Military Studies at the University of Stellenbosch. His other books include the co-edited collection Emerging Powers in Africa (2016).

Patrick Bond is Professor of Political Economy at the Wits School of Governance, and Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has also previously taught at Johns Hopkins University, and worked at the NGOs Planact and the National Institute for Economic Policy. His previous books include Looting Africa (Zed 2006) and Elite Transition: From Apartheid to Neoliberalism in South Africa (2014).

Nicole Dodd is Chair of the School for Human and Organisational Development, Stellenbosch University. She is co-author (with Justin van der Merwe) of The Political Economy of Underdevelopment in the global South (2019).

Table of Contents

  • 1. African assimilation, co-optation, and resistance in the BRICS era - Justin van der Merwe, Nicole Dodd and Patrick Bond
  • Part 1. BRICS: Joining the dots across Africa and the periphery   23
    • 2. Notes from the hinterland: Theorising BRICS and their geographies of resistance - Justin van der Merwe
    • 3. Assimilation, co-optation, and resistance within BRICS-from-the-middle - Patrick Bond
    • 4. BRICS’ trade with Africa: Long live the new king, just like the old king - Nicole Dodd
    • 5. China in Africa: South-South Solidarity or Imperialism in the 21st Century? - Ishmael Lesufi and Lisa Thompson
  • Part 2. BRICS and their southern and eastern African geographies of resistance: Dispossession, collusion, and local responses        
    • 6. BRICS and the new scramble for Zimbabwe in the aftermath of the military coup -Farai Maguwu and Shakespear Hamauswa
    • 7. Sino-Zambian relations: Responses from below - Godfrey Hampwaye and Phineas Bbaala
    • 8. The Gupta leaks and intra-BRICS collusion - Nicole Dodd and Justin van der Merwe
    • 9. The Belt and Road Initiative and Eastern Africa - István Tarrósy
    • 10. Africa at the precipice: Lessons from Brazil - Mbekezeli Mkhize and Vukile Sibiya
    • 11. Indian Land Acquisitions in Ethiopia: A wolf in sheep’s clothing? - Lwando Mthamo and Mbekezeli Mkhize
    • 12. Rosatom and nuclear power in South Africa: Assistance and resistance - Eldar Salakhetdinov and Vasily Sidorov      
    • 13. GEAR past, BRICS future: South Africa protests - Mbekezeli Mkhize
    • 14. Conclusion -Justin van der Merwe, Nicole Dodd, and Patrick Bond


Publication Date: 22 April 2021
288 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781786996312
Hardback: 9781786996305
eBook ePub: 9781786996336
eBook PDF: 9781786996329
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