1st Edition

Environmental Humanities of Extraction in Africa Poetics and Politics of Exploitation

Edited By James Ogude, Tafadzwa Mushonga Copyright 2023
    208 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book brings together perspectives on resource exploitation to expose the continued environmental and socio-political concerns in post-colonial Africa. The continent is host to a myriad of environmental issues, largely resulting from its rich diversity of natural resources that have been historically subjected to exploitation.

    Colonial patterns of resource use and capital accumulation continue unabated, making environmental and related socio-political problems a dominant feature of African economies. The book pursues the manifestation of these problems through four themes: environmental justice, violent capitalocenes, indigenous knowledge, and climate change. The editors locate the book within the broad fields of political ecology and environmental geopolitics to highlight the intricate geographies of resource exploitation across Africa. It uniquely focuses on the socio-political and geopolitical dynamics associated with the exploitation of Africa’s natural resources and its people. The case studies from different parts of Africa tell a compelling story of resource exploitation, related issues of environmental degradation in a continent particularly vulnerable to climate change, and the continued plundering of its natural resources.

    The book will be of great interest to scholars and students from the interdisciplinary fields of the environmental humanities and environmental studies more broadly, as well as those studying political ecology, environmental policy, and natural resources with a specific focus on Africa.

    1. Introduction: The intractable problem: Africa and the pitfalls of resource exploitation in a globalising world

    James Ogude and Tafadzwa Mushonga

    2. Petitioning the future through environmental justice: A reading from Angola

    Catarina Antunes Gomes

    3. African Goats, the State and conservation in colonial Zimbabwe, 1892 -1970s

    Elijah Doro

    4. The politics of exclusion and violence in protected areas

    Tafadzwa Mushonga

    5. The politics of mining pollution in Zambia: Investigating 100 years of environmental management in the Copperbelt

    Chibamba Jennifer Chansa

    6. "Aesthetics of the Earth": African Literature as a witness to postcolonial ecology

    James Ogude

    7. ‘One in heart as they are in tongue’: ‘Yoruba’, land and environmental violence in colonial southwestern Nigeria

    Ayodeji Wakil Adegbite

    8. A Revaluation of traditional ecological thoughts, knowledge and practices of the Aari of southern Ethiopia

    Endalkachew Hailu Guluma and Zewde Jagre Dantamo

    9. Climate injustice: How it is affecting Africa

    Dismas, A. Masolo

    10. International environment law, the humanities nexus and some reflections on ‘creative legal solutions’

    George Odera Outa

    11. Carbon dioxide, climate change, and an energy transition for a future Africa

    Emil Roduner and Egmont R. Rohwer

    12. Poetics and politics of resource exploitation in Africa: Insights from chapters

    James Ogude and Tafadzwa Mushonga


    James Ogude is the Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

    Tafadzwa Mushonga is a research fellow at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria, South Africa.