P021
Mining and Urbanization in Rural Africa/Exploitation minière et urbanisation en Afrique rurale

Convenors:
Katja Werthmann (University of Leipzig)
Deborah Bryceson (University of Edinburgh)
Chair:
Katja Werthmann
Discussant:
Deborah Bryceson
Format:
Panels
Location:
BS001
Start time:
29 June, 2017 at 14:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel looks at urbanization processes in rural Africa that are connected with industrial or artisanal extractive activities. It invites contributions that focus on the socio-cultural aspects of urbanization.

Long abstract:

In many African countries, large-scale industrial and small-scale artisanal mining activities are currently contributing to urbanization processes in rural areas. These processes include structural changes such as economic transformations and the construction of urban infrastructures but also the appropriation of urban lifestyles that are based on globally circulating ideas and imaginaries. These imaginaries include youth cultures, middle class aspirations or other ideas about urban ways of life. This panel looks at urbanization processes in rural Africa that are connected with industrial or artisanal extractive activities. It invites contributions that focus on the socio-cultural aspects of urbanization and on how these are interrelated with processes of socio-economic differentiation in the context of resource extraction. Dans de nombreux pays africains, l'exploitation minière industrielle ou artisanale contribue actuellement aux processus d'urbanisation en zones rurales. Ces processus entrainent des changements structurels tels que des transformations économiques et la construction d'infrastructures urbaines ainsi que l'appropriation par les populations rurales de modes de vie urbains basés sur des idées et des imaginaires globalement répandus. Ces imaginaires se réfèrent notamment aux cultures de la jeunesse, aux aspirations des classes moyennes ou encore à d'autres idées associées aux modes de vie urbains. Ce panel traite des processus d'urbanisation liés à l'exploitation minière industrielle ou artisanale. Nous invitons des contributions sur les aspects socio-culturels de l'urbanisation et leurs interrelations avec des processus de différentiation socio-économique dans le cadre des activités extractives.