“Je Cherche La Vie!”: Women's Labour Politics in Masisi's Artisanal Coltan Mines

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Benya, Asanda
dc.contributor.advisor Scanlon, Helen
dc.contributor.author Furniss, Allison
dc.date.accessioned 2021-09-14T19:08:18Z
dc.date.available 2021-09-14T19:08:18Z
dc.date.issued 2021_
dc.identifier.citation Furniss, A. 2021. “Je Cherche La Vie!”: Women's Labour Politics in Masisi's Artisanal Coltan Mines. . ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Political Studies. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/33895 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/33895
dc.description.abstract In considering how women navigate the complexity and gendered aspects of the artisanal mining industry, this study seeks to unpack women's labour at step one of the global supply chain of coltan, in the post-conflict context of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Female miners are largely excluded from mine work by blurry regulatory frameworks, gendered social norms and financial disparities, however they manage to remain active labourers in the artisanal mining industry. Within a broader socio-political context of poverty, political instability and rural livelihoods, women maintain access to mine work through strategies, often premised on a gendered solidarity, such as organizing into collectives, engaging in small group collaborations and employing creative ruses to maintain the secrecy of their labour. This thesis seeks to analyze women's exclusions from mine work and the subsequent strategies they employ to circumvent those exclusions and maintain work in the mines. Based on three months of ethnographic fieldwork at artisanal coltan mine sites in Masisi Territory in the province of North Kivu, this study employs ethnographic observations, focus group and interview methodologies.
dc.subject Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM)
dc.subject women
dc.subject gender
dc.subject Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
dc.subject gendered labour
dc.subject infra-politics
dc.subject exclusion
dc.title “Je Cherche La Vie!”: Women's Labour Politics in Masisi's Artisanal Coltan Mines
dc.type Master Thesis
dc.date.updated 2021-08-10T09:09:33Z
dc.language.rfc3066 eng
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities
dc.publisher.department Department of Political Studies
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationlevel MPhil
dc.identifier.apacitation Furniss, A. (2021). <i>“Je Cherche La Vie!”: Women's Labour Politics in Masisi's Artisanal Coltan Mines</i>. (). ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Political Studies. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/33895 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Furniss, Allison. <i>"“Je Cherche La Vie!”: Women's Labour Politics in Masisi's Artisanal Coltan Mines."</i> ., ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Political Studies, 2021. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/33895 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Furniss A. “Je Cherche La Vie!”: Women's Labour Politics in Masisi's Artisanal Coltan Mines. []. ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Political Studies, 2021 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/33895 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Master Thesis AU - Furniss, Allison AB - In considering how women navigate the complexity and gendered aspects of the artisanal mining industry, this study seeks to unpack women's labour at step one of the global supply chain of coltan, in the post-conflict context of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Female miners are largely excluded from mine work by blurry regulatory frameworks, gendered social norms and financial disparities, however they manage to remain active labourers in the artisanal mining industry. Within a broader socio-political context of poverty, political instability and rural livelihoods, women maintain access to mine work through strategies, often premised on a gendered solidarity, such as organizing into collectives, engaging in small group collaborations and employing creative ruses to maintain the secrecy of their labour. This thesis seeks to analyze women's exclusions from mine work and the subsequent strategies they employ to circumvent those exclusions and maintain work in the mines. Based on three months of ethnographic fieldwork at artisanal coltan mine sites in Masisi Territory in the province of North Kivu, this study employs ethnographic observations, focus group and interview methodologies. DA - 2021_ DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) KW - women KW - gender KW - Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) KW - gendered labour KW - infra-politics KW - exclusion LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PY - 2021 T1 - “Je Cherche La Vie!”: Women's Labour Politics in Masisi's Artisanal Coltan Mines TI - “Je Cherche La Vie!”: Women's Labour Politics in Masisi's Artisanal Coltan Mines UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/33895 ER - en_ZA


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