The Afterlives of Extractive Capitalism


Jon Schubert

The Afterlives of Extractive Capitalism uses the economic architecture and transport infrastructures of the Angolan port town of Lobito as a lens to study the political and economic effects of cycles of commodity-dependent boom and bust in everyday life. Building upon the latest advances in the anthropological study of infrastructures, affect, and financialization, this research charts the affective reverberations of people’s engagement with the promises of development and modernity of the city’s economic infrastructure to interrogate the notion of crisis as an emergency. This project was funded by the Leverhulme Trust as an early career fellowship (2018-2021), and based at the anthropology department at Brunel University London.