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Entrepreneurs and Parasites: The Struggle for Indigenous Capitalism in Zaire (African Studies Series 57)

MacGaffey, Janet

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ISBN 10: 0521335337 / ISBN 13: 9780521335331
Published by Cambridge University Press., 1987
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Brown textured paper over boards. Gold spine titles. Red, photo-illustrated jacket. 241 p. Maps. Charts, tables. RARE: Economic development in post-Colonial African society, with focus on Zaire. Includes historical background. Ships from U.S.A. Fine in very good dust jacket. Age-toning. Light jacket edge wear. No marks. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris.C0250003587

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Title: Entrepreneurs and Parasites: The Struggle ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press.

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hard cover

Edition: First edition. No print line..

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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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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. 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.

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