Dreams of Extractive Development - Reviving the Benguela Railway in Central Angola

Schubert, Johannes. (2023) Dreams of Extractive Development - Reviving the Benguela Railway in Central Angola. In: The Entangled Legacies of Empire: Race, Finance and Inequality. Manchester, pp. 171-180.

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Starting from a 2019 photo of the Benguela Railway, I tell the story of how the Angolan government, with Chinese oil-backed loans and construction expertise, sought to revitalise the colonial-era railway link from the Atlantic port of Lobito to the mining areas of Katanga and Zambia. This dream and its seeming failure in a context of economic crisis brought on by the 2014 commodity slump, reveals the limits to Angola's oil-fuelled reconstruction drive. At the same time it allows us to chart how the cyclical ups and downs of the global economy have impacted Angola's insertion into extractive capitalism, and how colonial-era ideals of professionalism and civilisedness reverberate in contemporary projects of self-making.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Urban Studies > Precarious Urbanisms (Schubert)
04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Fakultär assoziierte Institutionen > Zentrum für Afrikastudien Basel
UniBasel Contributors:Schubert, Johannes
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Publisher:Manchester University Press
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