Miles Larmer & Vito Laterza, ‘Contested wealth: Social and political mobilisation in extractive communities in Africa’ (The Extractive Industries and Society, 2017)


Miles Larmer & Vito Laterza (2017) ‘Contested wealth: Social and political mobilisation in extractive communities in Africa’, The Extractive Industries and Society, 4:4, 701-706, DOI: 10.1016/j.exis.2017.11.001



This introductory paper analyses historical and contemporary developments in the social and political mobilisation of what are termed ‘extractive communities’ in Africa. It demonstrates the centrality of diverse contestations, both between extractive corporations and extractive communities, and within communities themselves, over the real and envisioned benefits of mining and oil production. In contextualising the articles carried in this special section of Extractive Industries and Society, it places these dynamics in an assessment of Africa’s past and current position in global economic and political processes of extractive exploitation, and, building on the insights of these articles, suggests ways in which research on these communities may be developed in the future.

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Miles Larmer is Professor of African History at the University of Oxford (St Antony’s College). He is the Principal Investigator for the ERC-funded ‘Comparing the Copperbelt’ project (

Vito Laterza is an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Development and Planning at the University of Agder, Norway.