Permanent precarity : capital and labour in the Central African copperbelt

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dc.contributor.author Larmer, Miles
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-22T08:29:58Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-22T08:29:58Z
dc.date.issued 2017-03
dc.description.abstract This article provides a new history of mine capital and labour in the ‘Central African Copperbelt’ – the cross-border mining region of the Zambian copperbelt and Haut Katanga in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It doing so, it seeks to overcome the limitations of earlier structurally minded analysis rooted in modernist notions regarding the transformative capacity of mining capital and a ‘new’ African working class. Building on post-structuralist challenges to such assumptions, the article demonstrates the precarity, unevenness and uncertainty of the actually existing copperbelt economy and society. The comparison of the two copperbelt regions enables consideration of differential outcomes as a way of rethinking apparent inevitabilities. Analysis of how ideas about these mining societies were generated and circulated helps explain how dominant ways of understanding copperbelt capital and labour relations became established and continue to inform nostalgia for a ‘golden age’ of mining-fuelled prosperity at odds with historical reality. en_ZA
dc.description.department Historical and Heritage Studies en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hj2018 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme [grant agreement number 681657: ‘Comparing the Copperbelt: Political Culture and Knowledge Production in Central Africa’]. en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/clah20 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Miles Larmer (2017) Permanent precarity: capital and labour in the Central African copperbelt, Labor History, 58:2, 170-184, DOI: 10.1080/0023656X.2017.1298712. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0023-656X (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1469-9702 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/0023656X.2017.1298712
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/63658
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017 The author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons 􀀀ttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). en_ZA
dc.subject Mining en_ZA
dc.subject Copperbelt en_ZA
dc.subject Zambia en_ZA
dc.subject Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) en_ZA
dc.title Permanent precarity : capital and labour in the Central African copperbelt en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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