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Entrepreneurs and Parasites
The Struggle for Indigenous Capitalism in Zaïre

Part of African Studies

  • Date Published: May 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107634909


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  • Originally published in 1987, this book used data from Kisangani, Upper Zaire and North Kivu to demonstrate the emergence of an indigenous bourgeoisie of local capitalists without political position. These entrepreneurs invested in productive enterprise for the local market, managed and expanded their business in rational capitalist fashion, and were reproducing themselves as a class. The text discusses how the spiralling economic crisis in Zaire resulted in a severe decline in the administrative capacity of the state, but also opened up opportunities for social mobility. Reliance on anthropological methods of intensive fieldwork, personal contacts and collection of case histories created the basis for this study, forming an ethnography of local class formation and struggle.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107634909
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of illustrations, maps and figures
    1. Indigenous capitalism in peripheral economies: some theoretical considerations
    2. The political and economic context: from colonial oppression to the fend for yourself present
    3. Business and class in Kisangani
    4. Opportunities for capital accumulation: the emergence of an indigenous bourgeoisie
    5. Opportunities for capital accumulation: fending for oneself in the second economy
    6. Long-distance trade, smuggling and the new commercial class: the Nande of North Kivu
    7. Gender and class formation: businesswomen in Kisangani
    8. State, class and power: the effect of administrative decline on class formation
    Appendix. Population figures

  • Author

    Janet MacGaffey

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