‘No Smoke Without Fire’: Citizenship and Securing Economic Enclaves in Mozambique

Lars Buur, Jason Sumich

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This article explores the complicated interrelationship between economic enclaves, their associated security practices and the formation of national citizens in Mozambique. From the colonial era of company rule to the largescale foreign direct investments of the present day, investors have feared the destructivefiresoframpant‘mobs’,unrulyworkersandthepotentiallyrebelliouspopulacemoregenerally.Signsofsmokepointtotroubleforinvestors, who can draw on complex security arrangements, including corporate social responsibility programmes, unions, private security companies, community leaders, state police and specialized state and rapid response units with the latest communications and transport technologies, to try to protect their investments from labour unrest and political demands. Through a variety of ethnographic materials on mega-investments in the sugar industry over the last two decades, the article explores the centrality of complex security arrangements to strategies of governance that use such arrangements in an attempt to produce disciplined national subjects.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
ArtikelnummerDOI: 10.1111/dech.12511
TidsskriftDevelopment and Change
Sider (fra-til)1-23
Antal sider23
ISSN0012-155X
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2019

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