Delegitimization and ‘Re-socialization’: China and the Diffusion of Alternative Norms in Africa

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Abstract

Socialization of Africa into the liberal international order was largely a preserve of the West. However, as China expands its economic and political influence across Africa, the liberal international order is being put to the test. Representing alternative global governance norms and values, China is seeking the legitimation of its emerging global leadership by delegitimizing its rival, the United States. How the delegitimization and expected ‘re-socialization’ of Africa are unfolding is this article’s subject of enquiry. Based on expert interviews conducted in Africa and China, the article examines the interlink between legitimation and ‘re-socialization’ within the context of China’s rising influence in Africa. It advances the argument that China is concerned with having a global order, operating based on norms and values favourable to its national and geopolitical interests. In making this argument, the article refocuses the attention onto the subtle making of a global order preferred by China, at least in Africa.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Studies
Volume55
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
ISSN0020-8817
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 517 Political science

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Delegitimization and ‘Re-socialization’ : China and the Diffusion of Alternative Norms in Africa. / Hodzi, Obert.

In: International Studies, Vol. 55, No. 4, 13.11.2018, p. 1-18.

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