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Inside Mining Capitalism
Description: Inside Mining Capitalism - front cover
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Benjamin Rubbers
PublisherJames Currey
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Benjamin Rubbers
PublisherJames Currey
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Benjamin Rubbers
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Benjamin Rubbers
PublisherJames Currey
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Full credit details are provided in the captions to the images in the text. The editor, contributors and publisher are grateful to all the institutions and persons for permission to reproduce the materials in which they hold copyright. Every effort has been made to trace the copyright holders; apologies are offered for any omission, and the publisher will be pleased to add any necessary...
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Benjamin Rubbers
PublisherJames Currey
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Kristien Geenen is a research associate at the University of Liège. She holds a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Leuven. She has long-standing fieldwork experience in urban Congo, particularly in the cities of Kinshasa, Butembo and Kolwezi. In 2015–16, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University, examining social life in hospitals in...
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Benjamin Rubbers
PublisherJames Currey
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This book is the result of the collective research project ‘Reinventing paternalism. The micropolitics of work in the mining companies of Central Africa’ (WORKinMINING) at the University of Liège, Belgium. Generous funding of the European Research Council (ERC) through a Consolidator Grant in 2014 gave us, the contributors to this book, the opportunity to carry out multiple...
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Benjamin Rubbers
PublisherJames Currey
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Benjamin Rubbers
PublisherJames Currey
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As you read these lines, you are probably using copper in one way or another. Do you know how it has been produced? The general aim of this book is to enhance our knowledge of the working conditions in which this metal is extracted in one of the world’s major copper-producing regions: the Central African Copperbelt. In following the everyday life of mineworkers, union leaders and human...
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Benjamin Rubbers
PublisherJames Currey
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The history of labour in the mines of Congo and Zambia has been told many times before. A large number of publications have reviewed the development of the mining industry and the making of an African working class during the colonial period (see Epstein 1958; Powdermaker 1962; Henderson 1972; Perrings 1979; Parpart 1983;...
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Benjamin Rubbers
PublisherJames Currey
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One of the most noticeable changes brought by new mining investors in the Congolese and Zambian copperbelts since the early 2000s is the promotion of a new work culture, in particular, a safety culture. Any visitor to a mine can observe its significance in the workplace. After passing through electronic gates and breathing into the breathalyser, one undergoes a short safety training. Once this...
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Benjamin Rubbers
PublisherJames Currey
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This chapter analyses the challenges, motivations and strategies of women working for new mining projects in the Central African Copperbelt. Although they remain few, their employment is an increasingly debated and polarising topic within families and broader society on both sides of the border. By examining the different ways women navigate the male-dominated environment of mining, we seek to...
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Benjamin Rubbers
PublisherJames Currey
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This chapter explores the relationship between trade unionists and employers in mining companies in the Central African Copperbelt, and analyses the way workers perceive this relationship. To do so, it focuses on union elections, as it is during this period of heightened competition that trade unionists’ track records are discussed, assessed and finally valued or rejected. Our argument is...
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Benjamin Rubbers
PublisherJames Currey
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In April 2017, a strike occurred at a subsidiary of the Chinese Non-ferrous Metals Mining Group (CNMC), which we refer to as ChinMin, in Chambishi, Zambia. This pseudonym is necessary to protect anonymity in McNamara (2021), where the wage negotiations leading up...
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Benjamin Rubbers
PublisherJames Currey
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Congolese and Zambian Human Resource (HR) managers employed by foreign-owned mining companies across the Central African Copperbelt work at the interface of capital and labour in a politically sensitive sector where foreign capital dominates. They run or work in departments responsible for overseeing a range of management techniques used to organise and control workers: processes including...
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Benjamin Rubbers
PublisherJames Currey
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This book has sought to study the power relations implicated in the labour practices that new mining investors have put in place in the Congolese and Zambian copperbelts since the early 2000s. These show certain general trends that contrast with the labour practices of Générale des Carrières et des Mines (Gécamines) and Zambian Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM) in the...
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Benjamin Rubbers
PublisherJames Currey
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