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The border city of Goma: zone of contestation or laboratory of change?

Koen Vlassenroot (UGent) and Karen Büscher (UGent)
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In order to assess the remarkable paradox of Goma’s dynamic development and transformation from a peripheral town into an important regional economic hub in a generalized context of state collapse and armed conflict, this article tackles the city as a zone of contestation and a centre of opportunity. The semi-autonomous development observed is strongly linked to the city’s connection to the extensive and flourishing transborder trade in natural resources. These dynamics have had a considerable impact on urban socioeconomic activities, have strengthened the position of the city as a ‘borderland’ and have redefined the relations between city, state and region.
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Borderland, Goma, Contestation, Opportunity, Conflict

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Vlassenroot, Koen, and Karen Büscher. “The Border City of Goma: Zone of Contestation or Laboratory of Change?” Poverty in Medium and Small Cities of Developing Countries. Ed. P Bouvier, J Bakole, & D Swinne. Brussels, Belgium: Koninklijke academie voor overzeese wetenschappen, 2011. 161–178. Print.
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Vlassenroot, K., & Büscher, K. (2011). The border city of Goma: zone of contestation or laboratory of change? In P. Bouvier, J. Bakole, & D. Swinne (Eds.), Poverty in medium and small cities of developing countries (pp. 161–178). Presented at the Urban International Conference Poverty in Medium and Small Cities of Developing Countries, Brussels, Belgium: Koninklijke academie voor overzeese wetenschappen.
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Vlassenroot, Koen, and Karen Büscher. 2011. “The Border City of Goma: Zone of Contestation or Laboratory of Change?” In Poverty in Medium and Small Cities of Developing Countries, ed. P Bouvier, J Bakole, and D Swinne, 161–178. Brussels, Belgium: Koninklijke academie voor overzeese wetenschappen.
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Vlassenroot, Koen, and Karen Büscher. 2011. “The Border City of Goma: Zone of Contestation or Laboratory of Change?” In Poverty in Medium and Small Cities of Developing Countries, ed. P Bouvier, J Bakole, and D Swinne, 161–178. Brussels, Belgium: Koninklijke academie voor overzeese wetenschappen.
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Vlassenroot K, Büscher K. The border city of Goma: zone of contestation or laboratory of change? In: Bouvier P, Bakole J, Swinne D, editors. Poverty in medium and small cities of developing countries. Brussels, Belgium: Koninklijke academie voor overzeese wetenschappen; 2011. p. 161–78.
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K. Vlassenroot and K. Büscher, “The border city of Goma: zone of contestation or laboratory of change?,” in Poverty in medium and small cities of developing countries, Brussels, Belgium, 2011, pp. 161–178.
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  abstract     = {In order to assess the remarkable paradox of Goma’s dynamic development and transformation from a peripheral town into an important regional economic hub in a generalized context of state collapse and armed conflict, this article tackles the city as a zone of contestation and a centre of opportunity. The semi-autonomous development observed is strongly linked to the city’s connection to the extensive and flourishing transborder trade in natural resources. These dynamics have had a considerable impact on urban socioeconomic activities, have strengthened the position of the city as a ‘borderland’ and have redefined the relations between city, state and region.},
  author       = {Vlassenroot, Koen and Büscher, Karen},
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  title        = {The border city of Goma: zone of contestation or laboratory of change?},
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