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Title:Continuous primitive accumulation in Ghana: the real-life stories of dispossessed peasants in three mining communities
Author:Ayelazuno, JasperISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 0305-6244)
Geographic term:Ghana
land rights
mining companies
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056244.2011.633827
Abstract:This article gives peasants in three mining communities in Ghana the opportunity to voice their experiences of primitive accumulation under contemporary global neoliberalism. There is a plethora of literature on the exploitation of Africa, drawing on theories of new imperialism or 'accumulation by dispossession'. However, there is not much grassroots empirical work on how different social groups experience accumulation by dispossession. It seems that NGOs and journalists do better on this than intellectuals. This article contributes to filling this lacuna, by focusing on the hardest hit social group, namely, the peasants. It argues that the existence of the lacuna in the literature mentioned above has major theoretical and political implications for the struggle for alternatives to capitalism and 'development' that is distinctly anti-imperialist. The article is based on data collected through focus group discussions and in-depth personal interviews with peasants affected by surface mining activities of transnational mining corporations in three mining communities in the resource-rich Western Region of Ghana: Prestea, Dumasi and Teberebie. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]