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Mining Encounters

Mining Encounters

Robert Jan Pijpers | Thomas Hylland Eriksen


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In a fast-changing world, where the extraction of natural resources is key to development, whilst also creating environmental and social disasters, understanding how landscapes, people and politics are shaped by extraction is crucial.

Looking at resource extraction in numerous locations at different stages of development, including North, West and South Africa, India, Kazakhstan and Australia, a broad picture is created, covering coal, natural-gas, gold and cement mining, from corporate to 'artisanal' extraction, from the large to the small scale. The chapters answer the questions: What is ideological about resource extraction? How does extraction transform the physical landscape? And how does the extractive process determine which stakeholders become dominant or marginalised?

Contributing to policy debates, Mining Encounters uncovers the tensions, negotiations and disparities between different actors in the extractive industries, including exploiters and those who benefit or are impoverished by resource exploitation.
'By bringing contemporary research on resource extraction into conversations about the overheating of the planet, this accessible collection of essays examines the material, social and ethical consequences of our current habits of production and consumption'
Stuart Kirsch, author of 'Mining Capitalism: The Relationship between Corporations and their Critics'
'The millennial scramble for resources brings fresh urgency to questions about the social and environmental costs of extractive capitalism. This book answers that call, offering rich ethnographic insights into the lifeworlds of those who sit in the shadow of extraction.
Dinah Rajak, University of Sussex

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Cover Cover
Contents v
Figures and Maps vii
Preface viii
1. Introduction: Negotiating the Multiple Edges of Mining Encounters - Robert Jan Pijpers and Thomas Hylland Eriksen 1
2. From Allegiance to Connection: Structural Injustice, Scholarly Norms and the Anthropological Ethics of Mining Encounters - Alex Golub 21
3. The 'Shooting Fields of Porgera Joint Venture': An Exploration of Corporate Power, Reputational Dynamics and Indigenous Agency - Catherine Coumans 38
4. Rubbish at the Border: A Minefield of Conservation Politics at the Lawa River, Suriname/French Guiana - Sabine Luning and Marjo de Theije 59
5. Territories of Contestation: Negotiating Mining Concessions in Sierra Leone - Robert Jan Pijpers 78
6. Drilling Down Comparatively: Resource Histories, Subterranean Unconventional Gas and Diverging Social Responses in Two Australian Regions - Kim de Rijke 97
7. Coal Trafficking: Reworking National Energy Security via Coal Transport at the North Karanpura Coalfields, India - Patrik Oskarsson and Nikas Kindo 121
8. Diamonds and Plural Temporalities: Articulating Encounters in the Mines of Sierra Leone - Lorenzo D'Angelo 138
9. Risky Encounters: The Ritual Prevention of Accidents in the Coal Mines of Kazakhstan - Eeva Keskula 156
Notes on Contributors 174
Index 176