James Currey

Inside Mining Capitalism. The Micropolitics of Work on the Congolese and Zambian Copperbelts

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At the beginning of the twenty-first century, African countries endowed with mineral resources have witnessed an unprecedented rise in foreign direct investments in the mining sector. The Central African Copperbelt crossing the border between Congo and Zambia is one of the most striking cases of this mining boom. Following the liberalization of the mining sector in both countries, it has witnessed an influx of foreign investors of various origins, who have developed more than thirty new mining projects.