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Title:Bomas, Missions and Mines: The Making of Centers on the Zambian Copperbelt
Author:Siegal, Brian
Year:1988
Periodical:African Studies Review
Volume:31
Issue:3
Period:December
Pages:61-84
Language:English
Geographic terms:Zambia
Great Britain
Subjects:Lamba
colonialism
small towns
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Labor and Employment
History and Exploration
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/524073
Abstract:This study in Lamba ethnohistory (between approximately 1850 and 1930) examines the 'parasitism' of the small urban centres of the Zambian Copperbelt in both the late precolonial and early colonial periods. In brief, it says that the impoverishment of the Copper Belt and its peoples, while traceable to precolonial times, took a new and more consistent form under the colonial political economy. Under the political economy established by the British South Africa Company, economic development was defined in strictly European terms and was synonymous with the growth of the Copperbelt's industrial, administrative, and commercial centres. The African role in this development was in providing cheap labour. So when these centres unintentionally fostered a class of relatively autonomous African produce traders during the 1920s copper boom, the Lamba were chased from their periurban settlements into the Native Reserve, where overcrowding and ecological collapse forced increasing numbers into the urban labour market. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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