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Subsidising Extraction: Care at Work in Zambia's Copper Mines
Lochery, Emma; Mc Namara, Thomas; Musonda, James
2024In Antipode
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Keywords :
care; extraction; mining; labour; social reproduction; capitalism
Abstract :
[en] This article explores the ambivalence of care and its role in sustaining capitalist extraction in Zambia's copper mines. Based on ethnographic research within mines and their encompassing communities, the article documents the caring practices of mineworkers and attempts of trade unionists and managerial staff to counsel and support mineworkers as they navigate exploitative employment conditions. These acts of care are often unacknowledged or trivialised by corporate discourses and top company management. Yet, they are pivotal in maintaining and repairing fragile labour relations and, thereby, production. The article explores the way acts of care support workers but, at the same time, reassert the power of the company and the inevitability of exploitation. Following the deconstruction of paternalist welfare systems in the mining sector, neoliberal investments are buttressed by these caring practices and the wider set of relationships they mobilise within the labour force and the broader community. These acts of care thus subsidise the extraction of Zambia's mineral resources.
Disciplines :
Anthropology
Author, co-author :
Lochery, Emma  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences sociales > Labo d'anthropologie sociale et culturelle (LASC) ; Facult e des Sciences Sociales, University of Li ege, Belgium
Mc Namara, Thomas ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences sociales > Labo d'anthropologie sociale et culturelle (LASC) ; School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
Musonda, James ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences sociales > Labo d'anthropologie sociale et culturelle (LASC) ; Facult e des Sciences Sociales, University of Li ege, Li ege, Belgium and Institute for Economic Justice, Johannesburg, South Africa
Language :
English
Title :
Subsidising Extraction: Care at Work in Zambia's Copper Mines
Publication date :
04 February 2024
Journal title :
Antipode
ISSN :
0066-4812
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
European Projects :
H2020 - 646802 - WORKINMINING - Reinventing paternalism. The micropolitics of work in the mining companies of Central Africa
Funders :
Union Européenne [BE]
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