Advanced search
1 file | 696.84 KB

Women, mining and power in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo : the case of Kisengo

Author
Organization
Abstract
Recent decades have witnessed a growing scholarly interest in women’s involvement in ASM, with many authors drawing attention to two frequently occurring trends: the fact that women move to mining areas to escape oppressive gender rules and norms, and the remarkable efforts of women miners to exercise agency in the typically complex and unstable socio-political environments of artisanal mining sites. An important gap in the existing literature is the lack of attention for the differences in agency and the power relations between these women. This article seeks to fill this gap by presenting an ethnographic case study on the so-called mamans moutrousses, a group of women assisting artisanal miners with the drying and cleaning of minerals in coltan mines close to Kisengo, a locality situated in the Congolese Tanganyika province. Drawing inspiration from Vigh’s navigation theory, the work of Honwana, and the spatial approach advanced by Watts and Korf, the article argues that the less successful women in Kisengo’s mining business have only been able to display ‘tactic agency’, while the more successful ones have succeeded in demonstrating ‘strategic agency’.
Keywords
ASM (artisanal and small-scale mining), Gender, Women, Democratic Republic of Congo, Governance, Social navigation, Agency

Downloads

  • (...).pdf
    • full text
    • |
    • UGent only
    • |
    • PDF
    • |
    • 696.84 KB

Citation

Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:

Chicago
Bashwira, Marie-Rose, and Jeroen Cuvelier. 2019. “Women, Mining and Power in Southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo : the Case of Kisengo.” Extractive Industries and Society-an International Journal.
APA
Bashwira, M.-R., & Cuvelier, J. (2019). Women, mining and power in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo : the case of Kisengo. EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES AND SOCIETY-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL.
Vancouver
1.
Bashwira M-R, Cuvelier J. Women, mining and power in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo : the case of Kisengo. EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES AND SOCIETY-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL. Elsevier ; 2019;
MLA
Bashwira, Marie-Rose, and Jeroen Cuvelier. “Women, Mining and Power in Southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo : the Case of Kisengo.” EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES AND SOCIETY-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL (2019): n. pag. Print.
@article{8611630,
  abstract     = {Recent decades have witnessed a growing scholarly interest in women’s involvement in ASM, with many authors
drawing attention to two frequently occurring trends: the fact that women move to mining areas to escape
oppressive gender rules and norms, and the remarkable efforts of women miners to exercise agency in the
typically complex and unstable socio-political environments of artisanal mining sites. An important gap in the
existing literature is the lack of attention for the differences in agency and the power relations between these women. This article seeks to fill this gap by presenting an ethnographic case study on the so-called mamans moutrousses, a group of women assisting artisanal miners with the drying and cleaning of minerals in coltan mines close to Kisengo, a locality situated in the Congolese Tanganyika province. Drawing inspiration from Vigh’s navigation theory, the work of Honwana, and the spatial approach advanced by Watts and Korf, the article argues that the less successful women in Kisengo’s mining business have only been able to display ‘tactic agency’, while the more successful ones have succeeded in demonstrating ‘strategic agency’. },
  author       = {Bashwira, Marie-Rose and Cuvelier, Jeroen},
  issn         = {2214-790X},
  journal      = {EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES AND SOCIETY-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL},
  keywords     = {ASM (artisanal and small-scale mining),Gender,Women,Democratic Republic of Congo,Governance,Social navigation,Agency},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {8},
  publisher    = {Elsevier },
  title        = {Women, mining and power in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo : the case of Kisengo},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2019.02.010},
  year         = {2019},
}

Altmetric
View in Altmetric