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Title:Small Urban Centers and Social Change in South-Eastern Zaire
Author:Vwakyanakazi, Mukohya
Periodical:African Studies Review
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:rural-urban relations
small towns
Urbanization and Migration
Development and Technology
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/524074
Abstract:This study examines the social environment of small urban centres in Shaba region (formerly Katanga) in southeastern Zaire. It argues that some stifling mechanisms are encountered in the small urban centres which impede the efficient circulation of goods and services between the centres and the rural areas and exacerbate the exploitation of the rural people by the small urban centres to the greatest advantage of the urban elite and world capitalism. Among these forces are the monopolistic mining companies, the big agricultural projects, an oppressive local administration, and customary law. In some rural centres valuable efforts have been made to introduce new services and equipment, with the ultimate goal of bringing about changes in the lives of the inhabitants of the centres and the surrounding rural areas. But they are constrained by a misconception of the development process on the part of the State and international aid agencies, as well as by the revival of custom. Bibliogr., notes.