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See detail'We, the Congolese, we cannot trust each other'. Trust, norms and relations among traders in Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo
Rubbers, Benjamin ULiege

in British Journal of Sociology (2009), 60(3), 123-142

Congolese traders in Katanga claim that they cannot trust their peers, customers, and employees. Existing literature about social capital in Africa does not enhance our understanding, as it tends to ... [more ▼]

Congolese traders in Katanga claim that they cannot trust their peers, customers, and employees. Existing literature about social capital in Africa does not enhance our understanding, as it tends to consider trust as depending on the degree of social knowledge. In the Congo, social proximity does not exclude suspicion, nor does social distance necessarily prevent trust. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this article aims at developing a more detailed framework. It studies how Congolese traders negotiate two key norms for the building of economic trust - property and reciprocity - with non-relatives, distant relatives, and close relatives. [less ▲]

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See detailLa coopération universitaire belgo-congolaise : le rôle des mises en récit
Rubbers, Benjamin ULiege; Petit, Pierre

in Revue Tiers Monde (2009), 199

French-Speaking universities in Belgium have developed since 1999 an important development program with the University of Lubumbashi. On the ground of our own experience, we will bring out the impulse at ... [more ▼]

French-Speaking universities in Belgium have developed since 1999 an important development program with the University of Lubumbashi. On the ground of our own experience, we will bring out the impulse at the origin of this collaboration; replace the strategies of Belgian and Congolese academics in context; and study how both partners assess their partnership. This analysis leads to considerations about the role of narratives in the negotiation of development programs. [less ▲]

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See detailFaire fortune en Afrique. Anthropologie des derniers colons du Katanga
Rubbers, Benjamin ULiege

Book published by Karthala, collection 'Les Afriques' (2009)

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See detailThe story of a tragedy. How people in Haut-Katanga interpret the post-colonial history of Congo
Rubbers, Benjamin ULiege

in Journal of Modern African Studies (2009), 42(2), 267-289

Cet article analyse les cadres narratifs auxquels les habitants du Haut-Katanga recourent pour rendre compte de l'histoire post-coloniale du Congo.

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See detailReview of T. Trefon and B. Ngoy, 2007, Parcours administratifs dans un Etat en faillite, Paris, L'Harmattan
Rubbers, Benjamin ULiege

in African Studies Review (2008), 51(3), 198-199

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See detailEntre collaboration et confrontation : l'ambivalence des rapports entre pouvoirs publics et enfants de la rue à Lubumbashi (RDC)
Rubbers, Benjamin ULiege; Kahola Tabu, Olivier

in Autrepart: Revue de Sciences Sociales au Sud (2008), 47

This article takes field surveys as a basis for building an understanding of the ambivalence found in the relations between public authorities and street children in Lubumbashi.

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See detailLa nostalgie du passé colonial belge. Approche comparative
Rubbers, Benjamin ULiege

Conference (2008)

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See detailAu temps béni de la colonie. le Congo belge dans la mémoire des anciens coloniaux et des anciens colonisés
Rubbers, Benjamin ULiege

in Giordano, Rosario (Ed.) Autour de la mémoire. La Belgique, le Congo et le passé colonial (2008)

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See detailRetour sur le "secteur informel". L'économie du Katanga (Congo-Zaïre) face à la falsification de la loi
Rubbers, Benjamin ULiege

in Sociologie du Travail (2007), 49(3), 316-329

In the social sciences, the idea of an informal sector has been criticized more for the classification of economic activities in two separate sectors than for the labeling of them as 'formal' or 'informal ... [more ▼]

In the social sciences, the idea of an informal sector has been criticized more for the classification of economic activities in two separate sectors than for the labeling of them as 'formal' or 'informal'. In the Congo (formerly Zaire), the use of such labels is ambiguous. Labeling has to be understood in the context of corruption, i.e. in a transaction involving the personal networks and social identities of the parties in it. An analysis is made of how such transactions which civil servants shape the local market in the case of the import trade in Katanga. Compared to the formal/informal cleavage, this approach enables us both to see the labeling of economic activities as a social and political process and to draw attention to the plurality of such practices in relations with authorities. [less ▲]

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See detailLa coopération unversitaire belgo-congolaise
Rubbers, Benjamin ULiege; Petit, Pierre

Conference (2007)

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See detailLa reconfiguration de l'enfance au Katanga
Rubbers, Benjamin ULiege

Report (2007)

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See detailUne promesse difficile à tenir
Rubbers, Benjamin ULiege

Article for general public (2006)

Article sur la situation des victimes de l'Opération Départ Volontaire au Katanga, RDC.

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See detailCongo casino. Le monde social du capitalisme européen au Katanga (RDC).
Rubbers, Benjamin ULiege

Doctoral thesis (2006)

La thèse se penche sur le rôle des derniers colons belges, grecs et italiens dans le nouvel essor du secteur privé katangais après 1990.

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See detailEntre capital et Etat. L'émergence d'une société civile au Katanga?
Rubbers, Benjamin ULiege

Conference (2006)

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See detailStaging formality. Commerce and state in Katanga (DRC).
Rubbers, Benjamin ULiege

Conference (2006)

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