Synopses & Reviews
Focusing on Niumi, a small settlement at the mouth of the Gambia River in West Africa, Donald Wright provides a fascinating insight into the effects of globalization on a small African country, and places these events into deep historical context. Combining his own personal experiences with on-site historical research, Wright shows how rapidly changes are taking place even on a distant edge of the world economy. This new revised edition places greater emphasis on Niumi's relations with world systems and the steady change its residents have experienced as part of this process. Written in clear, accessible prose, and drawing on archival and oral traditions, "The World and a Very Small Place in Africa connects world history with real people on a local level.