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‘Our own law is making us beggars’: Understanding experiences of governed, mine-side communities in Mutoko district, Zimbabwe

Kativu, Saymore Ngonidzashe and Oskarsson, Patrik (2021). ‘Our own law is making us beggars’: Understanding experiences of governed, mine-side communities in Mutoko district, Zimbabwe. The Extractive industries and society. 8 , 101003
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Abstract

There is rising interest in connecting global value chains with sites of extraction to ensure that mineral resources, wherever extracted, are governed to benefit communities. Despite commitments by policymakers and African intergovernmental bodies to governance that does not disenfranchise communities, voices of those affected remain peripheral to mining industry operations. In this article we ask how the extraction of black granite used in grand buildings in the West is experienced by mine-affected people in Zimbabwe's Mutoko District. We seek to bring forth voices of those affected by mineral extraction including its governance processes, to produce an account of mining anthropology rooted in Habermas's lifeworld concept. We show how communities continue to shoulder multiple burdens of black granite extraction without getting its rewards: Broken bridges, damaged roads, dirty air, hazardous living environments and loss of land are some of the key experiences. And the current governance regime characterised by outdated laws, dishonesty, and intimidation of the governed allows the burdens of black granite mining to perpetuate. In conclusion, we note how the marginalised lifeworld contains knowledge, capacity and experiences that must be fully accounted for in reshaping the governance of extraction for the benefit of mine-side communities.

Authors/Creators:Kativu, Saymore Ngonidzashe and Oskarsson, Patrik
Title:‘Our own law is making us beggars’: Understanding experiences of governed, mine-side communities in Mutoko district, Zimbabwe
Series Name/Journal:The Extractive industries and society
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:8
Article number:101003
Number of Pages:8
ISSN:2214-790X
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 506 Political Science > Globalisation Studies
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Peace and Conflict Research and Studies on Sustainable Society)
Keywords:black granite mining, unequal ecological exchange, lifeworld, resource governance, Zimbabwe
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-113794
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-113794
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DOI10.1016/j.exis.2021.101003
ID Code:26254
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:01 Dec 2021 16:26
Metadata Last Modified:01 Dec 2021 16:31

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