Daniel Mains' presentation about the development of industrialization in urban Ethiopia and its impact on labor in the country, in the session on "Cross-Regional Experiences with Insecurity" within the inaugural Security in Context conference titled Landscapes of Insecurity that was held September 16th & 17th at the University of Oklahoma Norman in collaboration with the Center for Peace and Development.
Daniel Mains is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and African Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Mains’ research and writing explores the intersection between culture and economics in urban Africa. His specific interests include Ethiopia, urban infrastructure, youth cultures, capitalism, and international development. He is the author of "Hope is Cut: Youth, Unemployment, and the Future in Urban Ethiopia" (2012). "Hope is Cut" examines how young men in urban Ethiopia negotiate the gap between their desires for the future and economic realities. His second book, "Under Construction: Technologies of Development in Urban Ethiopia" (2019), examines the relationship between development and governance through an exploration of conflicts surrounding the construction of roads, hydroelectric dams, and other forms of infrastructure.